Madonna mia, pietà (Orlando di Lasso)

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General Information

Title: Madonna mia, pietà
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1555 , Il primo libro dove si contengono madrigali, vilanesche, canzoni francesi, e motetti, 4vv (Antwerp)

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Madonna mia, pietà chiam'et aita,
Ch'io moro e stento a torto, e pur volete.
Io grido e nol sentete,
"Acqua madonna al foco,
ch'io mi sento morire, a poco a poco".

Vostra altiera beltà, sola infinita,
è causa ch'io me abbruscia, e'l consentete.
Io grido…

Hormai le scema l'affanata vita,
Nol credi, e con vostri occhi lo vedete.
Io grido…

Di chiedervi mercè son quasi roco,
sol della pena mia prendete gioco.
Pur grido in ogni loco
"Acqua madonna al foco,
ch'io mi sento morire, a poco a poco".

English.png English translation

My lady, I'm calling for mercy and help,
because I'm wrongfully half-starved, yet who allow it.
I cry out and you don't listen,
"Water the fire, lady,
for I feel myself dying, little by little."

Your lofty beauty, unique and boundless,
is what causes me to scorch, and you permit it.
I cry…

Now my troubled life is waning;
you don't believe it, yet you can see it with your own eyes.
I cry…

I'm nearly hoarse begging for your mercy,
yet you only make fun of my suffering.
Still, I cry out wherever I go
"Water the fire, lady,
for I feel myself dying, little by little."

Translation by Campelli