Engl. Trans  Monteverdi  Jo mi son giovinetta

I am young and laugh,
I greet the spring with joy",
So sang my sweet shepherdess,
and my heart answered,
happy as a bird:
"I too am young and laugh,
and sing to the sweet spring,
which blossoms in your eyes."
And she replies: "Flee from the glowing fire,
lest your spring dry up
in my summer's sun!"