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Ma tu, piú che mai dura

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ma tu, piú che mai dura,
favilla di pietà non senti ancora;
anzi t'inaspri piú, quanto piú prego.
Cosí senza parlar dunque m'ascolti?
A chi parlo, infelice? a un muto marmo?
S'altro non mi vuoi dir, dimmi almen: «Mori!»
e morir mi vedrai.
Questa è ben, empio Amor, miseria estrema,
che sí rigida ninfa
[e del mio fin sí vaga,
perché grazia di lei
non sia la morte mia, morte mi neghi,]1
[né]2 mi risponda, e l'armi
d'una sola sdegnosa e cruda voce
sdegni di proferire
al mio morir.

Translation(s): FRE SPA

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1 omitted by Monteverdi.
2 Monteverdi: "non"

Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti


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: "Ma tu, piú che mai dura", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Pablo Sotelo) , title 1: "Mas tú, severa más que nunca", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Ma tu, piú che mai dura

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

Mais toi, plus dure que jamais,
tu ne sens même pas une étincelle de pitié ;
plutôt, tu deviens plus dure quand je te prie plus.
Ainsi sans parler tu m'écoutes donc ?
À qui parlé-je, malheureux, à une pierre muette ?
Si tu ne veux rien me dire d'autre , dis au moins : « Meurs ! »
et tu me verras mourir.
C'est bien, perfide Amour, la peine la plus extrême
qu'une nymphe aussi sévère

ne me réponde pas, et l'arme
d'un seul mot dédaigneux et cruel,
elle dédaigne de le prononcer
pour ma mort.

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