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My lovely Amaryllis

My lovely Amaryllis,
Don’t you know, O my heart's sweet desire,
That it is you whom I love?
Believe in my love; and if fear besets you,
Don’t doubt that it’s true.
Open my breast and see written on my heart:
Amaryllis, Amaryllis, Amaryllis, is my love.

English translation by Paul Archer of the text of Amarilli, mia bella by Guilio Caccini (1551-1618). See the copyright notice below.

Amarylli Mia Bella

Amarilli, mia bella,
Non credi, o del mio cor dolce desio,
D'esser tu l'amor mio?
Credilo pur: e se timor t'assale,
Dubitar non ti vale.
Aprimi il petto e vedrai scritto in core:
Amarilli, Amarilli, Amarilli è il mio amore.


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