Vieni ò Morte (Orazio Vecchi)

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General Information

Title: Vieni ò Morte
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATT.SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Selva di varia ricreatione, no. 32
Description: For double choir.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Vieni ò Morte!
Chi chiama?
Io son -
Che vuoi?
Morir bramo.
Per che?
Vuol così Amore.
No'l credo.
Ahime è pur ver.
Morir non puoi.
Ben potrò se vorrai.
Cavat' il core.
Donna me'l tolse.
Hor non te'l rese poi?
Dove il tiene?
È in fuoco.
O dolce ardore.
Dunque vivrò?
Com' hora in pianti?
Anzi nò.
E come?
In festa, in gioia e in canti.

English.png English translation

Translation by Mick Swithinbank Come, Death!
Who is calling?
It is I.
What do you want?
To die.
It is Love's wish.
I don't believe it.
Alas, though, it is true.
You cannot die.
Yes I can if you so wish.
Cut out your heart.
A lady has taken it from me.
And has she not returned it?
Where is she keeping it?
In a blazing fire.
Oh sweet pain of burning.
Then I shall live?
You will live.
In distress, as now?
How then?
In celebration, joy and song.