Non vidi mai dopo notturna pioggia (Luca Marenzio)

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General Information

Title: Non vidi mai dopo notturna pioggia
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Madrigali a 4 voci libro primo, 1585

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Non vidi mai dopo nocturna pioggia
gir per l'aere sereno stelle erranti,
et fiammeggiar fra la rugiada e 'l gielo,
ch'i' non avesse i begli occhi davanti
ove la stancha mia vita s'appoggia,
quali io gli vidi a l'ombra di un bel velo;
et sí come di lor bellezze il cielo
splendea quel dí, così bagnati anchora
li veggio sfavillare, ond'io sempre ardo.

English.png English translation

by A. S. Kline

I never see the wandering stars
move through the calm air after night rain,
flaming more brightly among the dew and frost,
without seeing her eyes before me,
where the weariness of my life is soothed,
as I've seen them in the shadow of a lovely veil:
and as I saw the sky ablaze that day
with their beauty, so I see them still
sparkling through tears, so that I burn forever.