O dolce mio tesoro (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: O dolce mio tesoro
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 sesto, no. 8.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O dolce mio tesoro,
non mirar s'io mi mòro,
ché il tuo vitale sguardo
non fa che mi consumi il foco ond'ardo.
Ah no, mìrami pur, anima mia,
che vita allor mi fia la morte mia.

English.png English translation

Oh, sweet treasure of mine,
do no look at me while I die,
for your life-giving gaze
will make the fire that burns me, consume me.
Ah, no, look at me, my soul—
may my death be life to me.

Translation by Campelli