Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act II Scena Nona

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Magnificat, Warren Stewart & Susan Harvey, artistic directors.


Text & Translation

Dopo breve brevi sudori
Poter dal caldo, e'l gielo
Salir beato al Cielo
A i sempiterni honori
Dal mondo pien di mali,
È sorte aventurosa de' mortali.
Poter dopò le prove
L'huomo frale, e mendico,
Ma di vitute amico,
Salir' in alto, dove
Son richezze immortali,
È sorte aventurosa de' mortali.
Da gli abissi terreni,
Dove regna la Morte,
Poter salir per forte
A i sommi eterni beni,
che non hanno altri eguali,
È sorte aventurosa de mortali.
Amar' il bene eterno,
Salir' al Ciel superno,
Fuggir del Mondo i mali,
È sorte aventurosa de' mortali.

After brief labors
to be able to escape heat and cold,
to happily ascend
to Heaven's honor
from the world full of wickedness.
This is the potential fortune of mortals.
After their trials
humans who, though fragile and poor,
love virtue,
can ascend
to the highest eternal riches.
This is the potential fortune of mortals.
From the abysses,
where death reigns,
to be able to to leap up, through courage,
to the highest reaches of eternity,
beyond all understanding.
This is the potential fortune of mortals.
To love the eternal good
to rise to highest Heaven
to leave the wickedness of the world,
this is the potential fortune of mortals.


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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