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Deh non cantar

Source:  Luzzaschi, 1576

Setting:  Luzzaschi, IIa5, 1576

Deh non cantar, donna gentil, ch’io sento
dal tuo soave accento
quest alm’a viva forz’ esser rapita
e me privo di vita.
Anzi pur canta
perchč dolcezza tanta
mi porge il tuo cantar
ch’egli me aviso
d’esser in Paradiso.
Please do not sing , sweet lady, as I feel
that your enchanting voice
has enraptured my soul, taking it by force
and leaving me lifeless.
Do sing, indeed,
as all the charm
that your singing is offering me
makes me believe
that I am in Heaven.


Written by Laurie Stras.

Last updated 26 November, 2001.

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