by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

O come è gran martire
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE
O come è gran martire
a celar suo desire,
quando con pura fede
s'ama chi non se 'l crede.
O soave mio ardore,
o giusto mio desio,
s'ognun ama il suo core
e voi sete il cor mio,
allor non fia ch'io v'ami
quando sarà che viver più non brami.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Oh, comme est grande la douleur", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Oh, comme est grande la douleur
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Oh, comme est grande la douleur
De cacher son désir,
Quand avec une foi pure
On aime quelqu'un qui ne le croit pas.
Oh, comme mon ardeur est douce,
Comme mon désir est véritable,
Si chacun aime son cœur,
Et que vous êtes mon cœur,
À l'heure où je ne vous aimerai plus
Ce sera l'heure où je ne désirerai plus vivre.


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