Dialogo fra Giesù e l'Anima (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-28)  CPDL #51044:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2018-08-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note values.

General Information

Title: Dialogo fra Giesù e l'Anima
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSA or AAT
Genre: SacredSacred songLauda

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591
Description: Lauda: dialogue between Jesus and 'the soul'

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Giesù ove ne vai,
che mostri tanti guai
aver nel core?
Ove me guid’amore.

Tu segui empio tiranno,
ch’ogn’hor con dolce inganno
a morte mena.
Mio desio non frena.

Come Giesù non puoi
frenar gl’affetti tuoi?
Libero sei.
Credi pur ch’io potrei.

Ma un dolce amor si caro
mischia amor nel mio amar
ch’è cagion ch’io
muoro, e morir desio.

English.png English translation

by Mick Swithinbank

Dialogue between Jesus and the soul

Soul: Jesus, where are you going,
looking so sorrowful?
Jesus: Where love directs me.

Soul: You are in thrall to a cruel tyrant
who is trying to lure you
to your death.
Jesus: My will cannot be altered.

Soul: How can that be?
Surely you are free
to do as you please?
Jesus: You may imagine that I am...

...but my affection is such that
love imbues the bitterness
that will cause me to die,
and death is my desire.