by Ridolfo Arlotti (1546 - 1613)
Translation © by Bruce Adolphe (b. 1955)

Luci serene e chiare
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Luci serene e chiare,
Voi m'incendete, voi, ma [prova il]1 core
Nell'incendio diletto, non dolore.
Dolci parole e care,
Voi mi ferite, voi, ma prova il petto
Non dolor [nella]2 piaga, ma diletto.
O miracol d'Amore!
Alma [che è]3 tutta foco e tutta [sangue]4
Si [strugge e]5 non si duol, [more e]6 non langue.

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1 Adolphe, Monteverdi: "prov'il", passim.
2 Adolphe, Monteverdi: "ne la"
3 Adolphe, Monteverdi: "ch'è"
4 Monteverdi: "sange"
5 Monteverdi: "strugg'e"
6 Adolphe: "mor' e"; Monteverdi: "muor e"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in a modified version by Morten Lauridsen.

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Bruce Adolphe) , "Eyes serene and clear", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Yeux sereins et clairs", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Heitere, funkelnde Augen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-10-09 15:11:39
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Word count: 54

Eyes serene and clear
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Eyes serene and clear,
You inflame me, but let the heart
Find pleasure, not sorrow, in the fire.
Words sweet and dear,
You wound me, but let my breast
Find pleasure, not sorrow in the wound.
O miracle of love!
The soul that is all fire and blood,
Is destroyed yet grieves not, 
dies yet does not languish.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2018-10-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-10-09 15:13:09
Line count: 10
Word count: 58