Maria, dolce Maria (Francesca Caccini)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-27)   CPDL #36303:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-07-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Maria, dolce Maria
Composer: Francesca Caccini

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SacredMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1618 in Il primo libro delle musiche, no. 4


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Maria dolce Maria, come soave tanto,
ch'e pronunciar t'in paradisi core,
Nome sacrato e Santo,
ch'el cor m'infiammi di celeste amore,
Maria mai sempr'io canto,
ne puo la lingua mia piu felice parola,
trarmi dal sen gia mai che dir,
che dir Maria,
nome ch'ogni dolor tempra'e consola,
voce tranquilla ch'ogni affano acqueta,
ch'ogni cor fa sereno, ogn'alma lieta.

English.png English text

Maria, sweet Maria, whose name is so lovely,
that to utter it takes your heart to Paradise.
Sacred and holy name,
you inflame my heart with celestial love.
‘Mary,’ I ever sing,
neither can my tongue deliver from my breast
any happier word
than when I say, ‘Mary.’
Name which tempers and consoles every sorrow,
calm voice which assuages every disquiet,
which composes every heart, which gladdens every soul.