Occhi del mio cor vita (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-03-03)  CPDL #18988:      (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-03-03).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Occhi del mio cor vita
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 9

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Occhi del mio cor vita,
voi mi negate, oimè, l'usata aita!
Tempo è ben di morire, a che più tardo?
A che serbate il guardo?
Forse per non mirar come v'adoro.
Mirate almen ch'io moro!

English.png English translation

Eyes, life of my heart,
You are denying me the customary help, alas!
The time is right for death; why tarry longer?
For what do you reserve your gaze?
Perhaps to avoid seeing how I adore you.
At least see me die!

Translation by Mick Swithinbank