Udite, lagrimosi spirti d'Averno (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2023-01-31)  CPDL #72463:        (LilyPond)
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General Information

Title: Udite, lagrimosi spirti d'Averno
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Il sesto libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Udite, lagrimosi
Spirti d'Averno, udite
nova sorte di pena e di tormento,
mirate crudo affetto
in sembiante pietoso:
la mia Donna crudel più dell'inferno,
perché una sola morte
non può far sazia la sua ingorda voglia,
e la mia vita è quasi
una perpetua morte.
Mi comanda ch'io viva,
perché la vita mia
di mille morti il dì ricetto sia.

English.png English translation

Ye tortur'd spirits, hear,
that in Avernus' doleful regions dwell,
hear a new torment I endure;
See under pity's mask conceal'd
A horrid kind of love. She I adore
loads me with greater sufferings still than yours,
because a single death alone
is far too scant to glut her fell revenge.
My life is only a perpetual death;
She bids me live, more fierceness to display,
and make me die a thousand times a day!

Translation by Anonymous (1809 translation of Il pastor fido into blank verse)