S'io non miro non moro (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2018-02-16)  CPDL #48840:         
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General Information

Title: S'io non miro non moro
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

S'io non miro, non moro,
non mirando, non vivo;
pur morto io son
né son di vita privo.
O miracol d'amore,
ahi, strana sorte,
che'l viver non fia vita,
e'l morir morte.

English.png English translation

If I look not, I die not;
when I do not look, I am not alive;
yet dead I am,
though my life has not been taken from me.
Oh miracle of love;
alas, strange fate,
that living should not result in life,
nor dying in death.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank