Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act II Scena Quinta

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Judith Nelson, Anima; Paul Hiller, Corpo; Ruth Escher, echo; Ray Nurse, theorbo.


Non sò s' è stato bene
Lasciar tanto piacer, ch'il Mondo tiene.

Anima & risposta dal Cielo
Vò dimandarne al Cielo,
Ch'il ver mai non asconde,
Vediam quel, che risponde.
Ama il mondan piacer l'huom' saggio,
ò fugge? Fugge.
Che cosa è l'huom, che'l cerca, e cerca in
vano? vano.
Chi dà la morte al cor con dis-
piacere? piacere.
Come la vita ottien chi vita
brama? ama.
Ama del Mondo le bellezze, ò
Dio? Dio.
Dunque morrà, ch'il piacer brama:
è vero? vero.
Hor quel, chi'l Ciel t' hà detto,
Ecco io raccolgo intero:
Fuggi vano piacer, ama Dio vero.

I don't know if it was such a good idea
to let such pleasure go.

Spirit & Heaven's Answer
Let's put the question to Heaven,
who never hides the truth.
We'll see how we are answered.
Do the wise love worldly pleasure or
avoid it? Avoid it.
What are those who chase it with no
purpose? Empty.
What kills the heart with
regrets? Pleasure.
How is life obtained by those who long
for it? Love.
Love of worldly beauty, or God's
beauty? God's.
then we die if we desire pleasure,
true? True.
Now, what Heaven has spoken,
I will put together for you:
Avoid empty pleasure, love God who is true.


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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