O viva fiamma (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: O viva fiamma
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 6

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O viva fiamma, o miei sospiri ardenti,
o petto pien di duol, o spirti lassi,
o pensier d’ogni speme ignudi e cassi,
o strali nel mio cor fieri e pungenti,

o bei desir de l’onorate menti,
o vane imprese, o dolorosi passi,
o selve, o piagge, o fonti, o fiumi, o sassi,
o sola mia cagion d’aspri tormenti,

o vaghe erbette, o fiori, o verdi mirti,
o loco un tempo a me dolce e giocondo
ov’io già sparsi dilettoso canto,
o voi, leggiadri ed amorosi spirti,
s’alcun vive quaggiù nel basso mondo,
pietà vi prenda del mio acerbo pianto!

English.png English translation

Oh living flame, oh ardent sighs,
oh chest full of sorrows, oh suffering spirits,
oh thoughts of all kinds, desperate,
oh darts in my heart, fierce and piercing,

oh admirable desires of honourable minds,
oh futile ef forts, oh anguished footfalls,
oh forests, oh banks, oh springs, oh rivers, oh rocks,
oh the sole cause of my harsh torments,

oh pretty herbs, oh flowers, oh myrtles,
oh once sweet and joyful place,
where pleasant songs flowed,
oh you, blithe and amorous spirits,
if any of you live in this low world,
take pity on my bitter lament!