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Tu se' morta (from 'L'Orfeo') (1607)

Tu se' morta (from 'L'Orfeo')

Tu se' morta, mia vita, ed io respiro?
Tu se' da me partita
Per mai più non tornare, ed io rimango?
No, che se i versi alcuna cosa ponno,
N'andrò sicuro a' più profondi abissi;
E intenerito il cor del Re dell'ombre,
Meco trarrotti a riveder le stelle,
Oh, se ciò negherammi empio destino,
Rimarrò teco in compagnia di morte.
Addio terra, addio cielo e sole, addio.

Have you perished

Have you perished, my life, yet I still breathe?
Have you departed from me,
Never to return again, and I remain?
No, for if my verses have any meaning
I must go, with certainty, to the deepest abyss;
And having softened the King of Shadows’ heart,
I shall pull you up with me to see the stars once more,
Oh, if fate, in its capricious cruelty, were to see me fail,
I shall remain by your side in death.
Farewell earth, farewell sky and sun, farewell.

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Poet

Alessandro Striggio the Younger (ca. 1573 - 1630) was an Italian librettist, the son of the composer Alessandro Striggio. The younger Striggio is most famous for his association with the composer Claudio Monteverdi. He wrote the libretto for Monteverdi's first opera Orfeo (1607).


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