Cor mio, mentre vi miro (Claudio Monteverdi)

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Title: Cor mio, mentre vi miro
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Il quarto libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Venice, 1603

Description: Madrigal for five voices, from Libro IV de Madrigali, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

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.

English.png English translation

Oh my heart, while I watch you,
I am patently transformed in you,
and, once transformed,
in a single breath I exhale my spirit.
Oh, mortal beauty,
Oh, vital beauty,
because a heart quickly lives again
for you; and for you, if alive, it dies.

Czech.png Czech translation

Můj anděli, když Vás spatřím,
Zřetelně s vámi se proměňuji.
A pak, takto proměněn
V jediném vzdechu duši vypustím.
O kráso smrtelná,
O kráso oživující,
Kterak se uzdraví srdce,
Jenž se pro tebe zrodilo
A pro tebe zrozené, umírá.