Cantata - Farewell to a scholar called to Ansbach

1. Sinfonia

2. Recitative S

He does not know what sorrow is
who parts from his friend and does not die.
The little child weeps and moans,
and indeed, the more fearful he is,
his mother comes to console him.
Therefore, go and seek a sign from heaven,
that you will now fulfill Minerva's purpose.

3. Aria S
Parti pur e con dolore
Lasci a noi dolente il core.
  La patria goderai,
  A dover la servirai;
  Varchi or di sponda in sponda,
  Propizi vedi il vento e l'onda.

3. Aria S
Go then, and with grief
Leave to us our sorrowful hearts.
  You will delight your nation,
  As you will serve it with duty;
  Set sail now from shore to shore,
  you will find the winds and waves gracious.

4. Recitativo S
Tuo saver al tempo e l'età constrasta,
Virtù e valor solo a vincer basta;
Ma chi gran ti farà più che non fusti
Ansbaca, piena di tanti Augusti.

5. Aria S
Ricetti gramezza e pavento,
Qual nocchier, placato il vento
  Più non teme o si scolora,
  Ma contento in su la prora
  Va cantando in faccia al mar.

4. Recitative S
Your knowledge contrasts with your age and years,
strength and bravery alone are enough for victory;
but greater than you were will you now be,
Ansbach, favored by such august ones.

5. Aria S
Suppressing grief and fear,
The sailor, in quiet winds,
  no longer is fearful or pale,
  but happily upon his prow
  goes forth singing in the face of the sea.

1. Sinfonia

2. Recitativo S
Non sa che sia dolore
Chi dall' amico suo parte e non more.
Il fanciullin' che plora e geme
Ed allor che più ei teme,
Vien la madre a consolar.
Va dunque a cenni del cielo,
Adempi or di Minerva il zelo.

©Pamela Dellal

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