Barbara Strozzi Logo
2.20

✤  View another piece from this Opus / Collection →

Gli occhi superbi

Duet originally for Soprano and Alto with basso continuo.
Original Language: Italian

Occhi superbi, sì, ma però cari
un guardo sol da voi richiede
il mio amor, la mia fede.
Ma voi mi sete di pietade avari,
occhi superbi, sì, ma però cari.

Spietatissimi rai,
ai vostri altari
io spargo homai
con sospiri devoti,
oh quante spargo, lagrime, preghi e voti;

E non m'avedo, ahi lasso!
Ch'adoro un marmo e che scongiuro un sasso.
Oh di orgoglio e bellezza esempi rari!
Occhi superbi, sì, ma però cari.

English

Disdainful Eyes

Arrogant eyes, yes, yet charming.
Just one look from you compels
my love, my constancy:
but you're miserly to me in affection,
arrogant eyes, yes, yet charming.

Disdainful lights,
Oh how abundantly
I scatter on your altars,
with sighs of devotion,
tears, pleas, and vows.

And yet I don't discern, alas,
that I'm adoring a statue, yearning for a stone.
Oh, peerless models of pride and beauty:
arrogant eyes, yes, yet charming.

Translated by:

Richard Kolb

Find the score...

Cover of Gl'Occhi Superbi

Gl'Occhi Superbi

Published by Cor Donato Editions in historically correct modern transcription, including critical introductory notes on the work, editorial procedures, original Italian texts with new English translations, and other contextual information about the piece.

Now available at CorDonatoEditions.com!

Purchase score →

Find recordings...

  • A New Sappho, album cover image

    A New Sappho

    Favella Lyrica

    Koch International Classics (2000) [Audio CD]

    • Track #3 - Gl'occhi superbi (SA, hps, b viol) [3:37]
    Purchase →
  • La Virtuosissima Cantatrice

    The vocal music of Barbara Strozzi

    Musica Secreta, Deborah Roberts, soprano, Mary Nichols, alto, Kasia Elsner, theorbo, John Toll, harpsichord, Suzie Le Blanc, soprano

    Amon Ra (1994) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Gl' occhi superbi, Op 2 (SA, hpsc, th) [3:47]
crossmenu