Vergine humana (Cipriano de Rore)

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  • (Posted 2023-06-17)  CPDL #74182:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-06-17).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-09-25).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Vergine umana
Composer: Cipriano de Rore
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1548 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Edition 1, no. 10

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Vergine humana, et nemica d'orgoglio,
del comune principio amor t'induca:
miserere d'un cor contrito humile.
Che se poca mortal terra caduca
amar con sí mirabil fede soglio,
che devrò far di te, cosa gentile?
Se dal mio stato assai misero et vile
per le tue man' resurgo,
Vergine, i' sacro et purgo
al tuo nome et penseri e 'ngegno et stile,
la lingua e 'l cor, le lagrime e i sospiri.
Scorgimi al miglior guado,
et prendi in grado i cangiati desiri.

English.png English translation

Kindly Virgin, and enemy of pride,
may love of our common origin guide you:
to take pity on a humble contrite heart.
Since I used to love a little fallen mortal dust
with such marvellous faith, what
must I do towards your noble person?
If by your hand I rise from this
wretched and vile state,
Virgin, I'll consecrate my purified
thoughts, intellect and style, to your name,
tongue and heart, tears and sighs.
Urge me to better ways,
and be pleased to accept my altered passions.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©