Baciai per aver vita (Vittoria Aleotti)

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General Information

Title: Baciai per aver Vita
Composer: Vittoria Aleotti
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1593 in Ghirlanda de madrigali, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Baciai per aver vita,
ch'ov'è bellezza è vita, ed ebbi morte;
ma morte sì gradita,
che più beata sorte
vivendo non avrei:
ne più bramar potrei.
Di sì soave bocca in un bel volto
baciando, il cor mi fu rapito e tolto.

English.png English translation

I kissed to have life,
for where there is beauty is life, yet I found death;
but a death so welcomed
that a more blessed fate
I could not have, living:
nor could I desire more
from so sweet a mouth, on such a lovely face:
kissing, my heart was captivated and stolen away.

Translation by Allen Garvin