How, then, will I ever have the nerve
without you, my beloved, to keep hold on life,
if at our parting, I cannot find help within myself?
Those sobs, those cries, those sighs
that accompanied my miserable heart to you,
my lady, harshly confirmed
my approaching death and my torments.
But if it is true that once I am gone
my faithful servitude may be forgotten,
my heart, anticipating my afflictions,
to fulfill your empty wish,
prepares the funerary rituals for my grave.
Come harò donque ardire
senza voi mai, mio ben, tenermi'n vita,
s'io non posso, al partir, chiedermi aita ?
Quei singulti, quei pianti e quei sospiri
che '1 miser cor a voi acompagniorno,
madonna, duramente dimostrorno
la mia propinqua morte e' mei martyri.
Ma se ver è che, per absentia, mai
Mia fidel servitù cada in oblio,
II cor come presago di mei guai,
per adimpir el vostro van desio,
vi fa lexequie del sepulchro mio.
Kate Macoboy, Australian soprano, is a highly experienced ensemble singer and soloist. She performs regularly in the UK,
Europe and Australia with the leading ensembles including, Ars Nova Copenhagen. Robert Meunier, the lutenist and musical director, has been playing and researching early Italian Renaissance song and solo lute repertoire for over thirty years, including CDs, radio and concerts....more