Sparge la morte (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Sparge la morte
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1596 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quarto, no. 8

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Sparge la morte al mio Signor nel viso
Tra squallidi pallori
Pietosissimi horrori,
Poi lo rimira e ne divien pietosa;
Geme, sospira, e più ferir non osa.
Ei, che temer la mira,
Inchina il capo, asconde il viso, e spira.

English.png English translation

Death spreads over my Lord's face,
Over its bleak pallor,
The most heartrending shade;
Then he looks at him and is moved to pity;
He groans, sighs, and does not dare to wound him more.
But he who sees him shrinking back
Bows his head, hides his face, and dies.