From the prologue of Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero:

Meco venite, e con sonore voci, / Numi dell'acque, reverite in pace, / Chi vinse in guerra il Moscovita e'l Trace, / E servirese i Tartari feroci.

Is "servirese" an archaic conjugation of "servire"? (Passato remoto forse?) It doesn't make grammatical sense as an infinitive + reflexive pronoun, and furthermore it is set musically so that the 3rd syllable is stressed.

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I believe there is a missing space and the correct phrase is servi rese, that is, “enslaved”; literally, servi rese = rese servi = “made slaves” (the inversion is usual in poetry).

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    Ah brilliant, that has to be it! It's hyphenated together in the score but this answer makes much more sense, thank you!
    – DallaLiyly
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 0:01

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