Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act II Scena Seconda

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Nathaniel Watson, Consiglio; Susan Harvey, harpsichord.


Text & English Translation

La nostra vita in terra
Altro non è, che guerra:
Ch' aspri nemici intorno
Ci stan la notte, e'l giorno:
E con arte, & inganno
Spesso cader ci fanno:
Il Mondo si fà bello
Co'l vetro, e con l'orpello;
La carne con mal' opre
I vermi suoi ricopre:
E questa vita anchora
Il suo cenere indora,
Si che il soldato eletto
Armisi il fronte, e'l petto,
Di fè prenda la maglia,
E venga à la battaglia,
Che ogn' huom, ch' à Dio s' è dato,
Bisogna esser tentato:
Ma felice chi strinse
Il suo nemico, e vinse,
Ch'in premio se li dona
Nel Ciel scettro, e corona.

Our life on earth
is like a war,
for bitter enemies surround us
night and day,
and with clever deceit
try to make us fall.
The world adorns itself
with glass and tinsel;
flesh conceals, through treachery,
its corruptions;
and in this life
even ashes are gilded.
So, let the one who would be a soldier
arm himself, face and breast,
with the armor of faith,
and let him come to the battle.
Each one who has given himself
to the spiritual life will be tempted;
But happy the one who closes
with his enemy and wins,
for his greatest reward
will be spiritual strength.


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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