Madrigale per 5 tenori

Alternate version for solo tenor and 4 violoncelli

Dante Alighieri, Capitolo XI, La Vita Nova

Original Italian English translation
Dico che quando ella apparia da parte alcuna,
nella speranza de la mirabile salute nullo
nemico mi rimanea, anzi mi giugnea una
fiamma di caritade, la quale mi facea
perdonare a chiunque m’avesse offeso; e chi
allora m’avesse domandato di cosa alcuna, la
mia risponsione sarebbe stata solamente
‘Amore’, con viso vestito d’umilitade.
Whenever and wherever she appeared, in the
hope of receiving her miraculous salutation I
felt I had not an enemy in the world. Indeed,
I glowed with a flame of charity which moved
me to forgive all who had ever injured me; and
if at that moment someone had asked me a
question, about anything, my only reply would have been:
‘Love’, with a countenance clothed in humility.

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