by Carlo Francesco Badini (c1710 - c1800)
Translation © by Margaret Smythe

Saper vorrei se m'ami
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Saper vorrei se m'ami,
s'altro che me tu brami,
se per me sola vivi,
se sai che vivo in te.

Questo saper vorresti?
[Questo saper vorrei?]
Oh quanto ingrata sei!
[Ingrata, oh Dio, perché?]

Sanno le piante,
ei monti, l'aure,
gli [augelli]1, ei fonti,
e sola tu non sai
l'anima mia qual è.

Lo so, ma bramo sentirlo,
sentirlo replicar.

Se insiem lo replichiamo
qual armonia de' far.
Comincia tu, che a canone
ti voglio seguitar.

Più di quest'occhi io t'amo,
più della vita assai
solo [sola] il mio ben sarai,
sempre, sempre ti vo' adorar.

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1 augello (ant. e letter.) = uccello.
Soprano's text in [] brackets where different from tenor.


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

  • ENG English (Margaret Smythe) , title 1: "I should like to know if you love me", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Je voudrais savoir si tu m'aimes", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 23
Word count: 96

I should like to know if you love me
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I should like to know if you love me,
if there is another than I that you long for,
if you live only for me,
if you know that I live in you.

What would you like to know?
[What would I like to know?]
O how thankless you are!
[Ungrateful, O God, why?]

The plants know,
and the mountains, the breezes,
the birds, and the springs,
and only you do not know
what my soul is like.

I know it, but I want to feel it,
to hear it repeated.

If together we repeat it
what harmony that would make.
You begin, who in canon
I want to follow.

I love you more than these eyes,
much more than life
you will always be for my good,
always, forever I want to adore you.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 23
Word count: 135