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Non so qual io mi voglia, O viver o morir, per minor doglia Morir vorrei, che 'l viver m'é gravoso Veggendomi da voi esser lasciato; E morir non vorrei, che trapassato Più non vedrei il bel viso amoroso Per cui io piango invidioso Di chi l'ha fatto suo e me ne spoglia!
- by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 - 1375) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Ottorino Respighi (1879 - 1936), "Ballata", P 71 no. 3 (1906), from Cinque Canti All'antica, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Ballad", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ballade", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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I don’t know which I want, To live or die, to diminish [the] suffering I would die, life weighs on me1 Seeing myself abandoned by you; But I would not die, [because if I] passed away I would not see [your] beautiful, loving face [So] I weep with envy for [he] who Had it and strips me of it!
1 literally “is heavy to me"
- Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2015 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
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