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Obstinately I shall pursue

Obstinately I shall pursue
My great and noble venture:
Love, do your worst to me
For even unto death
Obstinately I shall pursue
My great and noble venture.

Heaven or Lady Luck do me
Good or ill as you please:
Neither joy nor injustice
Depresses or encourages me:
For I am not capable of one
And can't escape the other.
Obstinately I shall pursue
My great and noble venture.

Win or lose, I expect nothing
From my venture than honour:
To rise to the bliss of heaven
If I am the one who wins her;
if I lose her, to the end my heart
will show the deepest desire.
Obstinately I shall pursue
My great and noble venture.

English translation by Paul Archer of the text of Ostinato vo’ seguire by Bartolomeo Tromboncino (c1470-1535) from Frottole, Ottaviano Petrucci (1509).

Ostinato vo’ seguire                       

Ostinato vo’ seguire
La magnanima mia impresa:
Fame, Amor, qual voi offesa,
S’io dovesse ben morire,
Ostinato vo’ seguire
La magnanima mia impresa.

Fame, Ciel, fame, Fortuna,
Bene o male como a te piace:
Né piacer né ingiuria alcuna
Per avilirmi o far più audace:
Che de l’un non son capace,
L’altro più non po’ fuggire.
Ostinato vo’ seguire
La magnanima mia impresa.

Vinca o perda, io non l’attendo
De mia impresa altro che onore:
Sopra il ciel beato ascendo
S’io ne resto vincitore;
S’io la perdo, alfin gran core
Mostrarà l’alto desire.
Ostinato vo’ seguire
La magnanima mia impresa

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