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

Cor mio, mentre vi miro
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Cor mio, mentre vi miro,
visibilmente mi trasformo in voi,
e trasformato poi,
in un solo sospir l'anima spiro.
O bellezza mortale,
O bellezza vitale,
poiché sí tosto un core
per te rinasce, e per te nato more.


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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Mon cœur, quand je vous vois", copyright © 2013, (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: 38

Mon cœur, quand je vous vois
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Mon cœur, quand je vous vois,
visiblement je me transforme en vous,
et ensuite transformé,
en un seul soupir j'expire mon âme.
Ô beauté mortelle,
ô beauté vitale,
puisque aussitôt qu'un cœur
pour toi renaît, que né pour toi il meurt.


  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to French (Français) copyright © 2013 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: 2013-02-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 41