by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612)

O primavera, gioventù dell'anno
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
O primavera, gioventù dell'anno,
Bella madre de' fiori,
D'erbe novelle e di novelli amori!
Tu torni ben, ma teco
Non tornano i sereni
e fortunati dì delle mie gioie.
Tu torni ben, tu torni, 
Ma teco altro non torna,
Che del perduto mio caro tesoro
La rimembranza misera e dolente.
Tu quella sei, pur quella 
Ch'eri pur dianzi sì vezzosa e bella,
Ma non son io quel, che già un tempo fui,
Sì caro agli occhi altrui.

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Set in a modified version by Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Claudio Monteverdi.

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

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "O springtime", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Timothy Hoekman) , copyright ©, (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.
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