Io v'amo vita mia (Vittoria Aleotti)

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General Information

Title: Io v/'amo vita mia
Composer: Vittoria Aleotti
Lyricist: Annibale Pocaterra

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1593 in Ghirlanda de madrigali, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Io v’amo, vita mia,
volli sovente dire
ed ardo ahi lasso.

Chiuse la voc’entro le labbi amore
e vergogna e timore
e mi cangiar d’huom vivo in muto sasso.

Amor, ma se to vuoi ch’i miei martiri,
Io pur taccia e sospiri.
Tu dilli à lei che mi consuma e sface
e le riscalda il sen con la tua face.

English.png English translation

“I love you, my life,
and my love burns me up."

I often tried to say this,
but Love locked my lips
and shame and fear
changed me into a dumb stone.

Love, if I must suffer,
I will stay silent, and sigh;
but, Love, talk to her!
Tell her she undoes me;
and kindle her heart with your torch!

Translation by Nicholas Jones