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Voglio di vita uscir

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Voglio di vita uscir, voglio che cadano
Quest'ossa in polve e queste membra in cenere,
E che i singulti miei tra l'ombre vadano,
Già che quel piè ch'ingemma l'herbe tenere
Sempre fugge da me, ne lo trattengono
I lacci, ohimè, del bel fanciul di Venere.
[Miei sensi del sepolcro all' orlo vengono,
E dalla vita quasi s' accongedano
Poi ch'un sol pegno di mercè non tengono.]1

Vo che gl'abissi il mio cordoglio vedano,
E l'aspro mio martir le furie piangano,
E che i dannati al mio tormento cedano.
A Dio crudel, [gli orgogli]2 tuoi rimangano
A [crudelir con altri]3. A te rinuncio,
Né vo' più che mie speme in te si frangano.
S'apre la tomba, il mio morir t'annuncio.
Una lagrima spargi, et alfin donami
[Di tua tarda pietade un solo nuncio,]4
E s'amando t'offesi, homai perdonami.


Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 omitted by Monteverdi.
2 Monteverdi: "gl'orgogli"
3 Monteverdi: "incrudelir con gl'altri"
4 omitted by Ferrari

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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 (Elizabeth Baber) , "I want to depart this life", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , "Je veux quitter la vie", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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