Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act I Scena Terza

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Neal Rogers, Intelletto; Ray Nurse, theorbo.


Text & Translation

Ogni cor' ama il bene,
Nissun vol star in pene:
Quindi mille desiri;
Quindi mille sospiri,
E riso insieme, e lutto
Si sentono per tutto:
Et io che'l ben tant' amo,
Dal cor profondo chiamo:
Ahi chi potrà satiare
Queste mie voglie avare?
La richezza? nò, nò,
Che me satiar non pò:
L'honor? ma che mi dà,
Se più bramar mi fà?
Piacer? ma che mi giova,
Se mi dà sete nova?
Una cosa io vorrei,
Che sola può satiar gli affetti miei:
Vorrei nel cor' impresso quel ben,
Ch' ogn' altro ben chiud' in se stesso
Vorrei, se tanto desiar mi lice,
Esser' in Ciel con Dio sempre felice.

Every heart loves what is good;
nobody wants to be uncomfortable.
And so, a thousand desires,
a thousand sighs,
and laughter, mingled with grief
are felt by all.
And I, who love the good so well,
from the bottom of my heart I cry:
Alas! what can fullfill
these cravings of mine?
Wealth? no, no,
that can't satisfy me.
Fame? but what good is it
if it only makes me want more?
Pleasure? but how can I enjoy it
when it always gives me new thirsts?
I want that single thing
that alone can satisfy all my passions.
I want to embrace in my heart that good
which is the source of all goodness.
I want, if I can be worthy of such a desire,
to be united with God, happy forever.


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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