Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act II Scena Terza

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Magnificat, Warren Stewart & Susan Harvey, artistic directors.


Text & English Translation

O quanti errori, e tenebre
L'humane menti ingombrano!
O in quanti abissi giacciano
I cor, ch' ogn' hor vaneggiano!
Perche tra fango, e polvere
Il cor de l'huom' tant' avido
Và ricercando il giubilo,
Che solo in Ciel rinchiudesi?
Mirate ò menti cupide
Del Ciel le fonti limpide
E del Mondo impurissimo
Lasciate l'acque torbide.
Qual' incanto, qual fascino
Il cor vi preme, & occupa
Prender per cibo il tossico,
E dar la morte a l'anima?

O how many illusions and shadows
surround the human mind!
O into what pits
our raving hearts are led!
Why in the mud and dust
does the heart of man
go eagerly seeking for the joy
that exists only in heaven?
Gaze, you searching mortals
on clear spiritual fountains
and leave the turbid waters
of the impure world.
What enchantment, what charm
holds the heart in thrall,
making it mistake poison for nourishment
and deadening the spirit?


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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