by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612)
Translation by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

O come se' gentile
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
O come [se']1 gentile,
caro augellino! O quanto
è il mio stato amoroso al tuo simìle!
[Tu prigion, io prigion]2; tu canti, io canto;
tu canti per colei
che t'ha legato, ed io canto per lei.
Ma in questo è differente
la mia sorte dolente:
che giova pur a te l'esser canoro;
vivi cantando, ed io cantando moro.

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1 Monteverdi: "sei"
2 Monteverdi: "Io prigion, tu prigion"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, adapted by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , no title FRE GER ; composed by John Danyel.

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

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Oh, how gentle you are", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Wie sanft du bist", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-03-26
Line count: 10
Word count: 58

Thou pretty bird, how do I see
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Thou pretty bird, how do I see
Thy silly state and mine agree,
For thou a prisoner art
So is my heart.
Thou sing'st to her, and so do I address
My music to her ear that's merciless.
But herein doth the difference lie,
That thou art grac'd, so am not I;
Thou singing liv'st,
And I must singing die.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2003-10-19
Line count: 10
Word count: 60