sometimes misattributed to Alberto Donini and possibly by Andrea Falconieri (1585 - 1656)
Translation © by Barbara Miller, Garrett Medlock

Occhietti amati
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Occhietti amati che m'incendete,
Perché spietati omai più siete?
Splendan sereni, di gioia pieni,
Vostri splendori, fiamme di cori.

Bocca vermiglia ch'hai per confini,
O meraviglia, perle e rubini,
Quando ridente, quando clemente,
Dirai: "Ben mio ardo anch'io!"?

Credi mio core che ognor più forte
Fia in me l’ardore sino alla morte
Né sia chi tenti far meno ardenti
I miei sospiri, i miei martiri.

S’io non languisco per te mia gioia
S’io non patisco io tosto muoia
Ma s’io t’onoro, o mio tesoro
Cangia in pietade tua feritade.

O. Respighi sets stanzas 1-2


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  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) (Garrett Medlock) , "Beloved eyes", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 89

Beloved eyes
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Beloved eyes that inflame me
Why are you still pitiless?
May then shine, full of joy,
Your splendors, flames of hearts.

Vermillion mouth, which has for borders,
o marvels, pearls and rubies,
When laughing, when merciful,
Will you say "my beloved, I burn too"?

Believe my heart which always more strongly
Entrusts within me passion unto death,
Nor [let there] be [those] who try to make less ardent
My sighs, my suffering.

If I do not languish for you, my joy,
If I do not suffer I soon die,
But if I honor you, oh my treasure,
Your ruthlessness [will] change to pity.

Stanzas 1-2 translated by Barbara Miller. Stanzas 3-4 translated by Garrett Medlock.


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This text was added to the website: 2005-08-14
Line count: 16
Word count: 103