Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act I Scena Prima

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Andrew Morgan, Tempo; Susan Harvey, harpsichord.


Text & English Translation

Il tempo, il tempo fugge,
La vita si distrugge;
E già mi par sentire
L'ultima trombe, e dire,
Uscite da la fossa
Ceneri sparse, et ossa;
Sorgete anime ancora,
Prendete i corpi hor' hora;
Venite à dir' il vero,
Se fù miglior pensiero
Servire al Mondo vano,
O al Rè del Ciel soprano?
Si che ciascun' intenda,
Apra gli occhi, e comprenda,
Che questa vita è un vento,
Che vola in un momento:
Hoggi vien fore,
Doman si more:
Hoggi n'appare,
Doman dispare:
Faccia dunque ognun prova,
Mentre il tempo le giova,
Lasciar quant' è nel Mondo,
Quantunque in se giocondo:
Et opri con la mano, opri col core,
Perche del ben' oprar frutto è l'honore

Time runs away,
life wears itself out,
and already I seem to hear
the last trumpet calling.
Come out of your tombs
scattered ashes and bones.
rise up again, spirits,
and take your bodies.
Come now and tell the truth,
whether it was preferable
to attend to the world of emptiness
or to the spiritual life?
Let everyone be clear about this,
open their eyes and understand,
this life is like a wind,
flying away in a moment:
Today it comes,
Tomorrow it dies,
Today it appears,
Tomorrow it vanishes.
Therefore, let each one try,
with the time they have,
to detach themselves from worldly things,
pleasant as they are in themselves,
and work with hands, work with heart,
for the fruit of such work is spiritual honor.


from Cavalieri Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo, released January 6, 1996
Released on Koch International, 1996. Warren Stewart, producer; Peter Nothnagle, engineer. Recorded at St. Vincent's School for Boys, Marinwood CA
October 31-November 3, 1994.


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