Nessun visse giamai piu di me lieto (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-10)   CPDL #50469:         
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General Information

Title: Nessun visse giamai piu di me lieto
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Continuation du mellange, no.  
  2nd published: 1587 in Madrigali novamente composti a 5 voci, no. 15

Description: The 7th stanza of Petrarch's double-sestina Mia benigna fortuna.


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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Mia benigna fortuna e 'l viver lieto v. 7

Italian.png Italian text

Nessun visse giamai piu di me lieto;
Nessun vive piu tristo e giorni e notti:
E doppiando'l dolor, doppia lo stile,
Che trahe del cor si lagrimose rime.
Vissi di speme; hor vivo pur di pianto,
Ne contra morte spero altro che morte.

English.png English translation

No one has ever led a happier life than I once did:
no one's days and nights are more sorrowful than mine.
As the pain is redoubled, so doubled is the dagger
that draws from my heart such tearful verse.
I used to live inspired by hope; yet now my life is filled with lamenting:
no remedy for death there is but death itself.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank