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Con che soavità, labbra adorate, e vi bacio e v'ascolto; ma se godo un piacer, l'altro m'è tolto. Come i vostri diletti s'ancidono fra lor, se dolcemente vive per ambe due l'anima mia? Che soave armonia fareste, o cari baci, o dolci detti, se foste unitamente d'ambe due le dolcezze ambo capaci, baciando, i detti, e ragionando, i baci.
- by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612) [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 Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643), "Con che soavità, labbra odorate", published 1619 [ voice and instrumental ensemble (9 instruments) ], from Libro VII de madrigali, no. 23 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Beate Binnig) , "With what gentleness", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Avec quelle douceur, lèvres adorées", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Beate Binnig) , "Mit welcher Sanftheit", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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With what gentleness, adored lips, I kiss you and I listen to you; But when I am enjoying a pleasure, another one is taken away from me. How your pleasures Differ from one another, When my soul gently lives for both of them? What a delicate harmony Would you create, o sweet kisses, If you were jointly capable Of both kinds of tenderness, The words kissing and the kisses speaking.
- Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2019 by Beate Binnig, (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: 2019-11-04
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