by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Dorinda, ah! dirò «mia» se mia non sei
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE SPA
Dorinda, ah! dirò «mia» se mia non sei
se non quando ti perdo e quando morte
da me ricevi, e mia non fosti allora
ch'i' ti potei dar vita?
Pur "mia' dirò, ché mia
sarai mal grado di mia dura sorte;
e, se mia non sarai con la tua vita,
sarai con la mia morte.


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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Dorinda, ah, dirai-je « mienne » si tu ne l'es pas", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Pablo Sotelo) , title 1: "Dorinda, ¡Ah! ¿Diré "mía" si mía no eres", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 55

Dorinda, ah, dirai‑je « mienne » si tu ne l'es pas
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Dorinda, ah, dirai-je « mienne » si tu ne l'es pas,
sauf quand je te perds et quand la mort
par moi te vient, et mienne tu ne fus alors
que je pouvais te donner la vie ?
Pourtant « mienne » je dirai, car mienne
tu seras malgré mon sort sévère ;
et si tu n'es pas mienne pendant ta vie,
tu le seras avec ma mort.


  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to French (Français) copyright © 2012 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2013-01-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 68