Monteverdi's Fourth Book of Madrigals
English Translations 
           For if, as I believe, you really love me
            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.


         Listen to this madrigal       



Other Translations
(Book 5)
(Book 5)
(Book 5)
(Book 8)
(Book 3)


  Compose a madrigal