A voi, mentre il mio core (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: A voi, mentre il mio core

Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1596 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quarto, no. 11

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

A voi, mentre il mio core
Con i sospiri miei, messagi suoi:
«Anima mia », vi dice, «ardo d’amore,
Anima mia, per voi d’amor io ardo»,
Deh, non tacete voi,
Ma rispondete, almen col vostro sguardo:
«Ardi, e mori, cor mio,
Ch’ardo d’amor per te, d’amor anch’ io.»

English.png English translation

To you, while my heart
together with my sighs, sends its messages:
'My dear', it says, 'I burn with love,
my dear, for you I am burnt by love',
ah, do not be silent,
but respond at least with your eyes:
'Burn and die, my heart,
for I burn with love for you, burnt by love am I.'