Donna, s'io miro voi, giaccio divengo (Claudio Monteverdi)

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Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2014-09-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Donna, s’io miro voi, ghiaccio divengo
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 18


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Donna s'io miro voi, ghiaccio divengo,
Si di mirar m'astengo
D'un infinito ardore
mi si consuma il core.
Non so che m'abbi luoco :
Mirar m'è ghiaccio, non mirar m'è fuoco.

English.png English translation

I need but look at you to pay the price:
Upon the instant I am turned to ice.
No remedy to turn aside my gaze –
Unfailingly I feel my heart ablaze.
I am lost whichever way I turn:
Look, and I freeze, yet otherwise I burn.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank