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Era l'anima mia

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Era l'anima mia
già presso a l'utim'ore 
e languia come langue alma che more;
quando anima più bella e più gradita
volse lo sguardo in sì pietoso giro,
che mi [ritenne]1 in vita. 
Parean dir que' bei lumi,
"Deh. perché ti consumi? 
Non m'è sì caro il cor, ond'io respiro,
come se' tu, cor mio;
se mori, ohimè, non mori tu, mor'io."

Translation(s): FRE SPA

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1 Monteverdi: "manten'"

Submitted by John Versmoren


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Mon âme était", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Pablo Sotelo) , title 1: "Estaba ya mi alma", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:31
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Estaba ya mi alma

Language: Spanish (Español) after the Italian (Italiano)

Estaba ya mi alma
cercana a sus últimas horas
y languidecía como languidece el alma que muere;
cuando un alma más bella y más grata
volvió la mirada en tan piadoso giro
que me mantuvo en vida.
Parecían decir esos bellos ojos:
“Ah ¿por qué te consumes?
No me es tan querido mi corazón, por el que respiro,
como lo eres tú, corazón mío;
si mueres ¡ay de mí! no mueres tú, yo muero.”

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Text added to the website: 2015-04-09 00:00:00.
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