Italia mia bench'el parlar By: Philippe Verdelot


Singable Translation PDF By: Carol Anne Perry Lagemann (CC BY SA 4.0)


Number of Voices: 5
Date: 16th century
Language: Italian
Tags: Petrarch lyrics madrigal religious social commentary political translation


LyricsPoetic Translation
Italia mia, bench? 'l parlar sia indarnoItaly, my home, though words no healing charm know
a le piaghe mortaliTo cure as you lie dying
che nel bel corpo tuo s? spesse veggio,From wounds that mar your flesh, your beauty plunder;
piacemi almen che i miei sospir' sien qualiI pray some hope they gather from my sighing:
spera 'l Tevero e l'Arno,The Tiber and the Arno,
e 'l Po, dove doglioso e grave hor seggio.The Po, that sees my heart is torn asunder.
Rector del cielo, io cheggioMy King above, I wonder
che la piet? che Ti condusse in terraIf sympathy, which You to Earth once brought here,
Ti volga al Tuo dilecto almo paese.Will touch the land that Your soul delighted.
Vedi, Signor cortese,See, gracious Lord true-sighted,
di che lievi cagion' che crudel guerra;The cruel wars for empty causes fought here,
e i cor', che indura et serraHearts closed and hardened, taught here
Marte superbo et fero,By Mars, the proud and vicious;
apri Tu, Padre, e 'ntenerisci et snoda;Let them be opened, softened, and awoken:
ivi fa che 'l Tuo vero,And for myself, my wish is
qual io mi sia, per la mia lingua s' oda.That always by my tongue Your Truth be spoken.
Francesco PetrarcaCarol Anne Perry Lagemann

Direct Translation

See Anthony S. Kline's work at the University of Virginia.