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Dal pianto de gli amanti scherniti

Duet originally for two Sopranos and basso continuo.
Original Language: Italian

Mordeva un bianco lino Aci dolente,
E come è l’uso de’ scherniti amanti,
Alla sua bella schernitrice avanti
Di mal trattar gode a tela innocente.

Ma quel ch’irato lacerava il dente
Non mai restavan d’ammollire i pianti,
Che trito homai da tanti morsi e tanti,
Liquido il rese al fin l’occhio gemente.

Tela non sembra più, ma foglie sparte:
Onde tu prima c’insegnasti Amore,
Col fiero esempio a fabbricar le carte.

Se nacque già dal feminil rigore
D’una donna crudel sì nobil arte,
Che produrrà la cortesia d’un core?

Poet:
Giulio Strozzi
English

Paper Making Learned From the Tears of Disdained Lovers

Suffering Acis chewed on a white linen cloth,
and as is the way of disdained lovers,
in place of the beautiful disdainer he comforted
himself by mistreating an innocent piece of cloth.

But the cloth torn in anger by his teeth
never assuaged the tears,
and once it became shredded by so much gnawing,
the weeping eyes liquified what was left.

It no longer resembled cloth, but scattered straw:
thus you, before teaching love,
by your harsh example showed how to make paper.

If such a noble art was born
of the feminine harshness of a cruel woman,
what might the kindness of a heart produce?

Translated by:

Richard Kolb

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  • Barbara Strozzi: Il Primo de Madrigali

    Orlando di Lasso Ensemble

    Thorofon Records (2000) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Disc #2 / Track #5 - Dal Pianto De Gli Amanti (SS, lirone, guitar, chitarrone, org) [3:47]
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  • La Virtuosissima Cantatrice

    The vocal music of Barbara Strozzi

    Musica Secreta, Deborah Roberts, soprano, Mary Nichols, alto, Kasia Elsner, theorbo, John Toll, harpsichord, Suzie Le Blanc, soprano

    Amon Ra (1994) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Mordeva un bianco lino, Op 1 (SA, hpsc, th) [3:32]
  • La Virtuosissima Cantatrice

    Virtuoso and Bel Canto Masterpieces for Female Voice ( selections from other CD)

    Musica Secreta, Deborah Roberts, soprano, Suzie Le Blanc, soprano, Mary Nichols, alto, John Toll, harpsichord, Kasia Elsner, theorbo

    Amon Ra (2018) [Audio CD]

    • Track #18 - Mordeva un bianco lino, Op 1 (SA, hpsc, th) [3:32]
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