Barbara Strozzi: Lagrime mie

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Warren Stewart, artistic director

Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord

A live recording from a concert on Magnificat's series in March 2003.


Text and English Translation

Lagrime mie, à che vi trattenete,
Perchè non isfogate il fier’ dolore,
Chi mi toglie’l respiro e opprime il core?

Lidia, che tant’ adoro,
Perchè un guardo pietoso, ahimè, mi donò
I paterno rigor l’impriggionò.
Tra due mura rinchiussa stà la bella innocente,
Dove giunger non può raggio di sole,
E quel che più mi duole
Ed accresc’il mio mal, tormenti e pene,
È che per mia cagione prova male il mio bene
E voi lume dolenti non piangete!
Lagrime mie, à che vi trattenete?

Lidia, ahimè, veggo mancarmi, l’idol mio,
Che tanto adoro!
Stà colei tra duri marmi per cui spiro
E pur non moro.
Se la morte m’è gradita,
Or che son privo di spene,
Dhè, toglietemi la vita
(Ve ne prego) aspre mie pene!
Ma ben m’accorgo, che per tormentarmi
maggiormente, La sorte mi niega anco la morte.
Se dunque è vero, o Dio, che sol del pianto mio.
Il rio destino ha sete.

Tears of mine, why do you hold back,
why don’t you wash away the pain
which takes my breath and crushes my heart?

Lidia, whom I adore,
Because she gave me a pitying glance,
Has been imprisoned by her severe father.
The innocent girl is locked up within walls
Which the sun’s rays cannot penetrate,
And what pains me most,
And increases my torment,
Is that I am the cause of my beloved’s suffering.
And you, my eyes, are not weeping!
Tears of mine, why do you hold back?

Alas, how I miss my Lidia, my idol,
I love so much!
She is shut up within marble walls and I sigh
but I do not die!
If death might be granted to me
now that I have no hope,
take my life,
(I beg of you) oh my sufferings!
But I am well aware that in order
to torture me even more.
Fate even denies me death, it is true then, oh God, that destiny desires only my tears.


from Jennifer Ellis Kampani Sampler, released December 22, 2010


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