Così, cor mio, vogliate (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-19)   CPDL #50558:         
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2018-07-19).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 247 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Così, cor mio, vogliate
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Madrigali a 4-6 voci novamente composti, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Così, cor mio, vogliate (le diceva),
 Doppo ch'io sarò morto, amarmi ancora,
 Come solo il lasciarvi è che m’aggreva
 Qui senza guida, e non già perch'io mora:
 Che se in sicura parte m'accadeva
 Finir de la mia vita l'ultima hora,
 Lieto e contento e fortunato a pieno
 Morto sarei, poi ch'io vi moro in seno.
  Ariosto, Orlando Furioso XXIV, 78
 

English.png English translation

 "So be thou pleased, my heart," (Zerbino cried,)
 "To love me yet, when I am dead and gone,
 As to abandon thee without a guide,
 And not to die, distresses me alone.
 For did it me in place secure betide
 To end my days, this earthly journey done,
 I cheerful, and content, and fully blest
 Would die, since I should die upon thy breast.
   Translation William Stewart Rose