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Translation © by Emily Ezust

Dolcissima mia vita
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
Dolcissima mia vita,
a che tardate la bramata aita?
Credete forse che'l bel foco ond' ardo,
sia per finir perche torcete il guardo?
Ahi, non fia mai che brama
il mio desire o d'amarti o morire.


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 (Emily Ezust) , "My sweetest life", copyright © 2009
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ma vie très douce", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Mein süßestes Leben", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 36

My sweetest life
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
My sweetest life,
Why do you delay the relief for which I yearn?
Do you believe that my ardor 
Will stop because you turn away?
Ah, this will not happen,
For I will either crave your love or die.


  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2009 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2009-09-13
Line count: 6
Word count: 39