O come vaneggiate (Ruggiero Giovannelli)

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  • CPDL #27999:     
Editor: Fabrizio Barchi (submitted 2013-01-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 284 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Editor: Jens Peter Jacobsen (submitted 1998-12-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: originally madrigal, sacred text added. File recovered using the WayBackMachine of http://archive.org

General Information

Title: O quam inanes / O come vaneggiate
Composer: Ruggiero Giovannelli
Lyricist: Aquilino Coppini
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genres: Secular & SacredMadrigal

Languages: Italian, Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: [[Coppini edition (1607)]]


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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O quam inanes gressus nostri
Qui labimur in vanitates
& impios amores!
Quid titubamus caeci
& perdimus aeterna
Ut terrestria bona fluxa retineamus?
Insani sumus & similes ferarum
Ni nascimur in vitam sempiternam.

Italian.png Italian text

O come vaneggiate donna
Pensand’ havermi tolto il core
Con torme il vostr’ amore.
Chi non ha core è morto
Et io son accorto
D’esser tanto più vivo
Quando di voi son privo.
Anzi ero morto e quando vi lasciai
Rinacqui sì ch’io non morrò più mai.

English.png English translation

Oh, how empty our steps
If we descend into vanity
and love the wicked!
If we stumble blindly
And lose the eternal
for a transient hold on earthly goods?
we are insane And no better than animals
If we are not born to eternal life.