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Godere in gioventù

Duet originally for two Sopranos and basso continuo.
Original Language: Italian

Nel bel fior di gioventù
alle gioie aprire il seno,
donzellette, è gran virtù.

Chi tardi cominciò gode assai meno:
scherniti pentimenti,
che per comprar contenti,
non ha spaccio poi molto
l’argento d’un capel, l’oro d’un volto.

Nel bel fior di gioventù
alle gioie aprire il seno,
donzellette, è gran virtù.

È d’un corto mattin breve il sereno:
bellezze fuggitive,
estinte pria che vive,
in van l’arte vi aiuta,
non si racquista più beltà perduta.

Nel bel fior di gioventù
alle gioie aprire il seno,
donzellette, è gran virtù.

Poet:
Giulio Strozzi
English

Enjoy Your Youth

In the fair flower of youth,
opening your heart to joy,
oh maidens, is a great virtue.

Whoever begins late enjoys much the less:
You should scoff at regrets!
For in buying contentment
you don’t receive much value
from the silver in your hair nor the gold in your visage.

In the fair flower of youth,
opening your heart to joy,
oh maidens, is a great virtue.

Fair weather is brief during a short morning,
the beauty within you
is already fleeting even before it lives.
In vain can art assist you,
for beauty once lost in never regained.

In the fair flower of youth,
opening your heart to joy,
oh maidens, is a great virtue.

Translated by:

Candace A. Magner

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