Barbara Strozzi

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Duet originally for two Altos and basso continuno.
Original Language: Italian

S'io vi giuro mia vita
Ch'io v'amo
Voi mi date con parole spietate
Subito una mentita.
Io che sensi ho vivace
Corro raffronto
À scaricar coi baci.



If I swear, my life,
that I love you,
with spiteful words you respond
immediately with a denial.
I, whose feelings are sensitive,
hurry to relieve the insult
with kisses.

Translated by:

Pamela Dellal

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