Questo specchio ti dono (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: Questo specchio ti dono
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Girolamo Casoni

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 18

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Questo specchio ti dono, Rosa,
tu damm'or che l’età consente,
ch’io colga il tuo bel fior primo ridente.
Se ciò non voi, te mira,
cara fanciulla ivi due volt'e poi,
o caduchi onor tuoi,
vermiglia in sul matin, belle e gentile,
di sera ti vedrai pallida e vile.

English.png English translation

I give you this mirror, Rose;
you in return let me, now that age consents it,
pick that beautiful flower which was just laughing.
If you do not consent, look at yourself
in the mirror twice, dear girl, and later
–o ephemeral charms of yours-
you'll see yourself aglow in the morning,
fair and kind, and at night pale and vile.

Translation by Campelli
French.png French translation

Je te fais cadeau de ce miroir, Rose,
et permets-moi, puisque l'âge y consent,
que je cueille ta belle fleure jadis riante.
Si tu ne le veux pas, chère demoiselle,
regarde-toi deux fois dans le reflet et, là,
–tes charmes caducs–
tu te verras vermeille au matin, belle et gentille,
au soir pâle et abominable.

Translation by Campelli