Digues, amic (English translation)
Tell Me, My Friend
My friend, you who love so deeply:
Could you please, tell me what love is?
Love is death for those who live
And life to those who are dying;
It is the very joy of daylight,
Sweet sorrow in death...
The homesickness of the journey,
Happiness in the haven!
- Tell me, my friend, who enjoys the greater love:
He who lives thanks to love, or he who dies because of it?
- He who dies of it (says my faithful friend)
For there couldn't be a more sublime love!
It is the delightful stab wound
That kills he who is in love
When he hears the song, while alive,
That praises the beauty of his beloved!