by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612)

Era l'anima mia
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE SPA
Era l'anima mia
già presso a l'utim'ore 
e languia come langue alma che more;
quando anima più bella e più gradita
volse lo sguardo in sì pietoso giro,
che mi ritenne in vita. 
Parean dir que' bei lumi,
"Deh. perché ti consumi? 
Non m'è sì caro il cor, ond'io respiro,
come se' tu, cor mio;
se mori, ohimè, non mori tu, mor'io."

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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)

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Mon âme était", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Pablo Sotelo) , title 1: "Estaba ya mi alma", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 11
Word count: 62