Cedan l'antiche tue chiare vittorie (Luca Marenzio)

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General Information

Title: Cedan l'antiche tue chiare vittorie
Composer: Luca Marenzio

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 4
    2nd published: 1594 in Madrigali a sei voci in un corpo ridotti, no. 64
    3rd published: 1605 in Nervi d'Orfeo (ed. Jacopo Graswinkel), no. 59

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Cedan l’antiche tue chiare vittorie
Regina ancor del mond’altiera Roma
E i grand’archi che ’l tempo anco non doma
S’inchinin con le lor alte memorie.

Cantin novi poemi e nov’historie
De' tuoi novi trofei la nobil soma
E cinga quella venerabil chioma
Nove ghirlande di perpetue glorie.

Mentre novella alma Vittoria intorno
Di numero infinito il carro cinto
Di cori e d’alme in bel trionfo mena.

Gl’occhi son l’armi e più d’una catena
Son le tue treccie, o fortunato giorno
Ch’io venni e vidi e restai preso e vinto.

English.png English translation

Leave to the past your old illustrious victories,
Haughty Rome, yet queen of all the world,
And the grand arches that time has not yet
weighed down with old memories.

New poems and new histories are being sung
of the noble burden of your fresh triumphs
And around those venerable locks are
New garlands celebrating your undying glory.

While kindly stories surround Vittoria,
In uncounted numbers about your chariot
Choirs sing of your splendid triumph.

Your eyes are weapons, and more than a chain
Are your tresses. O fortunate day
That I am able to come, to gaze on to be captured and to win.