Donò Licori a Tirsi (Ruggiero Giovannelli)

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Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2020-05-13).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 301 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Donò Licori a Tirsi
Composer: Ruggiero Giovannelli
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1586 in Il primo libro de Madrigali a cinque voci, no. 20

Description: This madrigal by Guarini was published in his "Rime" in 1639 as: Donò Licori a Batto.
The same lyrics were used bij Marenzio but now as Donò Cinzia a Damone.
Obviously the poem is applicable to any nymph and her shepherd.

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Original text and translations

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Donò Licori a Tirsi,
Una Rosa, cred'io, di Paradiso,
E si vermiglia in viso
Donandola si fece e sì vezzosa,
Che parea Rosa che donasse Rosa.
All'hor disse il pastore,
Con un sospir d'amore,
Perché degno non sono
D'haver la Rosa donatrice in dono?