Pur venisti, cor mio (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2017-06-14)  CPDL #44992:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-06-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 175 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Pur venisti, cor mio
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini (Madrigali 97)

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in L'ottavo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 8

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Pur venisti, cor mio,
E pur t'hò quì presente e pur ti veggio
E non dormo e non sogno e non vaneggio.
Venisti sì, ma fuggi
Sì ratto che mi struggi.
Ahi, fuggitiva vista de gl'amanti,
Come sogno sei tu d'occhi vegghianti!

English.png English translation

Yet you came, my heart,
and while I have you here and see you,
I do not sleep, nor dream, nor am delirious.
You came, true, but fled
so fast, that you destroy me.
Ah, fleeting vision of lovers,
you are like a daydream!

Translation by Campelli