Dimmi, dimmi ben mio (Giovanni Gabrieli)

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Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-01-16).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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Title: Dimmi, dimmi ben mio
Composer: Giovanni Gabrieli
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SAATB or SAABB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a 5 voci, no. 24
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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dimmi, dimmi ben mio,
qual è in terra piacer, ch'aguagli al mio,
se sol mirando le tue chiare stelle
e l'altre parte belle
mi levo al ciel con glorioso volo,
Quando m'è dato poi di fruir solo
quel sommo ben, ch' altrui goder non lice:
Dimmi, dimmi ben mio,
qual di me in terra è più lieto e felice.

English.png English translation

Tell me, tell me my dear
what pleasure is there on earth that equal to mine,
if only in gazing upon your two bright stars
and the other lovely parts,
I soar to the heavens in glorious flight.
When it is given to me to enjoy alone
that greatest good, that no other is allowed to enjoy,
then tell me, tell me my darling,
who on earth is more joyful or happy than I.

Translation by Allen Garvin