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Dovrò dunque morire?

Language: Italian (Italiano)

[Dovrò dunque morire,
a che di nuovo io miri]1
voi, bramata cagion de miei martiri?
Mio perduto tesoro, 
non [poter]2 dirvi, pria ch'io mora: "Io Moro"?
O miseria inaudita, 
non poter dir a voi: "Moro, mia vita".

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Caccini: "Dovrò dunque morire? / Pria che di nuovo io miri"
2 Caccini: "potrò"

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Andrew Huth) , "Must I then die?", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dois-je donc mourir", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:47
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Word count: 37

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Dois‑je donc mourir

Language: French (Français) after the Italian (Italiano)

Dois-je donc mourir
avant de vous avoir vue à nouveau,
cause désirée de ma souffrance ?
Mon trésor perdu,
ne puis-je vous dire, avant de mourir : « Je meurs »?
Ô malheur inouï,
de ne pas pouvoir vous dire : « Je meurs, ma vie ».

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Based on
  • a text in Italian (Italiano) by Ottavio Rinuccini (1562 - 1621), from Man. Magliabechiano ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Giulio Caccini, Sigismondo d'India. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-03-08.
Last modified: 2019-03-08 08:39:28
Line count: 7
Word count: 47