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Se pari è la tua fé

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Se pari è la tua fé
al foco che ho nel sen,
ardo contento,
perché egual la mercé
avrà da te, mio ben,
il mio tormento.
Il penar per chi s'ama,
se gradito a colei
per chi si pena, penar non è.
Cupido, al par degli altri numi,
l'olocausto desia, e questo è il core;
e in premio a tanto sacrificio, poi
d'una bellezza dona il core a noi.
Non s'afferra d'amor il porto
senza mai patir procelle.
Dopo i nembi e le tempeste
son piú bel lume stelle.
Sí, sí, questa sia solo
la mercé del mio duolo
e gema pur l'anima mia fra pene,
fra ferite e catene,
ché se fedel mi sei,
son piaceri del cor gli affanni miei,
e se pur colla fé mi giuri amore,
vedrà l'alma e i martiri, in porto, il core.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]


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 (John Glenn Paton) , "If your faithfulness is equal", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-12-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:10
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Word count: 139

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If your faithfulness is equal

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

If your faithfulness is equal
to the love in my heart,
I love happily,
because the reward
that my heart will receive from you, my dear,
will repay my suffering.
Suffering for the one whom one loves,
if it is pleasing to her
for whom one suffers, is not suffering.
Cupid, like the other gods,
demands a burnt offering, in fact, a heart,
and in return for such a sacrifice, then
he gives the heart of a beauty to us.
Never can one sail into love's harbor
without undergoing storms.
After clouds and tempests,
the bright stars are more beautiful.
Yes, yes, may this be the sole
reward for my anguish,
although meanwhile my soul trembles with pain,
beset by wounds and chains,
because if you are faithful,
my worries are in fact pleasures,
and if you vow both faithfulness and love,
my soul and heart will see an end to torment.

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Text added to the website: 2010-12-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:10
Line count: 25
Word count: 152