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Priego ad Amore

Quintet originally for Soprano, Alto, two Tenors, and Bass with basso continuo.
Original Language: Italian

Pietosissimo Amore,
tu mai non abbandoni
chi ti consacra riverente il core.
Chi cieco ti figura,
chi nudo, chi bendato,
chi di saette armato
non provò tua dolcissima natura.

Morir, né morir mai,
languir, ma per un poco,
è gloria del tuo foco.

Vieni, deh, vieni a noi,
vieni, gioia dell’alme,
Spargi, spargi benigno i doni tuoi
e d’un cortese affetto
alla Barbara mia feconda il petto.

Poet:
Giulio Strozzi
English

Prayer to Love

Most merciful Love,
you never abandon
one who reverently offers you his heart.
He who envisions you blind,
naked, blindfolded,
armed with arrows
has not tested your sweet nature.

You never die
nor languish, but brief
is the glory of your fire.

Come, oh come to us,
come joy of my soul,
bestow your sweet gifts
and for a kind affection
toward my Barbara make fertile my heart.

Translated by:

Candace A. Magner

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  • Barbara Strozzi: Il Primo de Madrigali

    Orlando di Lasso Ensemble

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

    • Disc #1 / Track #2 - Priego ad Amore (SATTB, lute, hps) [3:00]
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    Ambronay (2009) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Priego ad Amore - Pietosissimo Amore, Op 1 (SATTB, bc) [3:41]
  • Primo Libro de' Madrigali

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    Cantus (2000) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

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