Donne, il celeste lume (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-17)   CPDL #34357:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-17).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Donne, il celeste lume
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Cristoforo Castelletti

Number of voices: 9vv   Voicing: SSSAATTBB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Il quarto libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 15

Description: This piece was written specifically as an intermidii for Castelletti's play Stravaganze D'Amore (see act 4, scene 17).

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Donne, il celeste lume
de gl’occhi vostri, che sì dolce splende,
I nostri petti accende;
ma l’alma dentro a le gran fiamme vive
non sface, anzi di lor si nutre e vive.
Stravaganza d’amore,
ch’arda in eterno, e mai non strugga un core.