Oi me lasso (Lauda 4)

Description: 

for soprano and tenor
Duration 6’
Dedication: John Potter and Anna Maria Friman
First performance: CBC Broadcast Sept 11th 2002

Text of Lauda 4 "Oi me lasso"

Oi me lasso, e freddo lo mio core,              Ah, poor me, my heart is cold,

ke non sospiri tanto per amore                  for does it not sigh with love

ke tu morisse?                                         enough to die?

 

Morire dovaresti, falso sconoscente,           You should have died, false and thankless heart,

villano, cieco, pigro e negligente,               villainous, blind, lazy and negligent,

ké per amor non vivi fervente                    since you do not live so fervent with love

sì ke languise.                                          that you languish.

 

Oi me lasso, e freddo lo mio core,              Ah, poor me, my heart is cold,

ke non sospiri tanto per amore                  for does it not sigh with love

ke tu morisse?                                         enough to die?

 

Perire potaresti si non se' defeso               You should have died, if you were not protected

dal grande amor Iesù da cui se' ateso:       by the great love of Jesus, to which you have turned:

vôlte abracciare e sta en croce desteso,     he longs to embrace you, and hangs stretched upon

s'a lui venisse.                                         the cross, that you may come to him.

 

Oi me lasso, e freddo lo mio core,             Ah, poor me, my heart is cold,

ke non sospiri tanto per amore                 for does it not sigh with love

ke tu morisse?                                        enough to die?

 

Transmortisci, cuore, e và gridando;         You faint, my heart, and go out shouting,

e pure amore amore amore amando,        and loving Love-Love-Love;

ke no l'ai puramente amato và dolorando, since you have not loved purely, go forth sorrowing,

e parturisce!                                           and be born again!

 

Oi me lasso, e freddo lo mio core,             Ah, poor me, my heart is cold,

ke non sospiri tanto per amore                 for does it not sigh with love

ke tu morisse?                                        enough to die?