by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Diego S. Loyola

Pur dicesti, o bocca bella
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER POR SPA
Pur dicesti, o bocca bella,
Quel soave e caro sì,
Che fatutto il mio piacer.

Per onor di sua facella
Con un bacio Amor t'aprì,
Dolce fonte del goder, ah!

Notes (provided by Laura Prichard): The source for this song is Manuscript D. 3172, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. The inside cover of this large collection is enscribed “32 Arias by Sigr. Anto. Lotti,” (in English) and all of the contents probably come from diverse opere serie (although the specific operas are not indicated). The word "facella" means literally "torch", and figuratively “reputation" in both the Venetian dialect of Italian (“fiacolla”) and in the Venetian language ("fiàmoƚa")


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

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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Surely you have said it", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Du sagtest doch, du schöner Mund", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Débora Letícia Batista) , "Assim disseste, ó boca bela", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Diego S. Loyola) , "Sin embargo dijiste", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 30

Sin embargo dijiste
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
 Sin embargo dijiste, oh, bella boca,
 aquel suave y querido sí,
 que es todo mi placer.

 Por honor a su celda
 con un beso Amor te abrió,
 dulce fuente de goce, ah! sí, de goce.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-03-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 36