Monteverdi's Fourth Book of Madrigals
For if, as I believe, you really love meListen to this madrigal
despite the counsel of the jealous world,
just as the winds are gathered by the tree,
your sufferings are drawn towards my soul;
and there I tend them so they multiply
and root in to my heart, and then my mind
till tears run in my veins, I breathe your sighs,
and all your sorrow and your grief is mine.
Look at me now; what is in your heart?
What anxieties are there? What fears?
For I am walking in the freezing rain
calling and calling to you through the storm,
although I know you cannot hear my cries
and your name will vanish with the winds.
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