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Ohimè! se tanto amate

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ohimé, se tanto amate 
di sentir dir Ohimè, deh perché fate
chi dice Ohimè morire?
S'io moro un sol potrete 
languido, e doloroso Ohimè sentire;
Ma se, cor mio, [vorrete]1
che vita [habb'io]2 da voi, e voi da me,
avrete mille e mille dolci Ohimè.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

List of language codes

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1 Monteverdi: "volete"
2 Monteverdi: "abbia"

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 (Barbara Miller) , "Alas, if you love so much", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , "Hélas ! si vous aimez tant", copyright © 2013, (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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Word count: 45

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Alas, if you love so much

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Alas, if you love so much
as to feel like saying "alas", then why do you make
him who says "alas" die?
If I die you can only one
languid and sorrowful "alas" feel;
But if, my heart, you wish
that I should have life in you, and you in me,
You will have that sweet "alas" thousands and thousands times over.

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Based on
  • a text in Italian (Italiano) by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612), from Rime, without number. FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Killmayer, Claudio Monteverdi, Benedetto Pallavicino. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-04-26 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
Line count: 8
Word count: 62