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

Quell'augellin che canta
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Quell'augellin che canta 
sì dolcemente e lascivetto vola
[ora dall'abete]1 al faggio,
ed or dal faggio al mirto,
s'avesse umano spirto, 
direbbe: "Ardo d'amore, ardo d'amore."
Ma ben arde nel core
[e parla in sua favella, 
sì che l'intende il suo dolce desio.
Ed odi a punto, Silvio,
il suo dolce desio 
che gli risponde: "Ardo d'amore anch'io."]2

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1 Monteverdi: "or da l'abete"
2 Monteverdi:
  e chiam'il suo desio
  che li rispond': «Ardo d'amor anch'io.»
  Che sii tu benedetto,
  amoroso, gentil, vago augelletto.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ce petit oiseau qui chante", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 58

Ce petit oiseau qui chante
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Ce petit oiseau qui chante
si doucement et vole plein de désir,
maintenant du sapin au hêtre,
et maintenant du hêtre au myrte,
s'il avait un esprit humain,
il dirait : « je brûle d'amour, je brûle d'amour. »
Mais il brûle dans son cœur
et il appelle son désir
qui lui répond : « Je brûle d'amour aussi. »
Sois béni,
petit oiseau amoureux, gentil et gracieux.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-02-28
Line count: 11
Word count: 68