Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act I Scena Quarta

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Judith Nelson, Anima; Paul Hillier, Corpo; Ray Nurse, theorbo; Susan Harvey, harpsichord.

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Text & English Translation

Corpo
Anima mia che pensi?
Perche dogliosa stai,
Sempre traendo guai?

Anima
Vorrei riposo, e pace:
Vorrei diletto, e gioia,
E trovo affanno, e noia.

Corpo
Ecco i miei sensi prendi,
Qui ti riposa, e godi
In mille varii modi.

Anima `
Non vò piu ber quest' acque,
Che la mia sete ardente
S' infiamma maggiormente.

Corpo
Prendi l'honor del Mondo,
Qui gioir quanto vuoi,
Qui satiar ti puoi.

Anima
Nò, nò, ch'io sò per prova,
Con quanto assentio, e fele
Copre il suo falso mele.

Corpo
Alma d'ogn' altra cosa
Tu sei più bella, e vaga:
In te dunque t' appaga.

Anima
Già non mi feci io stessa:
E come in me potrei
Quetar gli affetti miei?

Corpo
Lasso che di noi fia!
Se ritrosa sei tanto,
Starenci sempre in pianto?

Anima
Questo nò, se m'ascolti,
E se meco rimiri
A più altri desiri.
Terra perche mi tiri
Pur alla terra? hor segui il voler mio,
Et amendue riposerenci in Dio.

Corpo
Ahi! chi dà mi consiglio?
A qual di due m'appiglio?
L'Anima mi conforta,
Il senso mi trasporta,
La carne mia mi tenta,
L'eterno mi spaventa:
Misero che far deggio?
Attaccarommi al peggio?
Nò, nò, che non è giusto
Per un fallace gusto,
Per breve piacer mio,
Perder' il Ciel, la Vita eterna, e Dio.

Si che hormai Alma mia,
Con teco in compagnia
Cercarò con amore
Il Ciel, la vita eterna, e'l mio Signore.

Body
My spirit, what are you thinking?
Why are you so sad,
always so troubled?

Spirit
I long for peace and rest,
I long for happiness and joy,
and all I find are trouble and irritation.

Body
Here, take my senses,
they will comfort and delight you
in a thousand lovely ways.

Spirit
I no longer want to drink those waters
for they only further inflame
my terrible thirst.

Body
Take the respect that the world offers you,
you can enjoy as much as you want;
that will satisfy you.

Spirit
No, I know from experience already
how much bitterness
is covered by that false honey.

Body
My soul, above all things
you are most beautiful and graceful:
rejoice in yourself.

Spirit
It doesn't seem like that to me,
and besides, how can I escape into
myself from my own passions?

Body
Well, then, what shall we do!
Will we just stand here forever
crying and complaining?

Spirit
No, we won't, if you will listen to me,
and if, with me, you set your gaze
on higher desires.
Earth, why do you hold me down?
Now follow my flight
and let us repose together in God.

Body
Alas! who can advise me?
Who should I believe?
My spirit supports me,
my senses carry me away,
the flesh tempts me,
the thought of eternity terrifies me.
Miserable as I am, what should I do?
Should I follow my lowest inclinations?
No, no, it doesn't make sense,
for the sake of a selfish enjoyment,
for the sake of a brief pleasure,
to risk my relation with everything divine.
All right, my soul,
I'm coming with you
to search, with love,
for the spiritual life.

credits

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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