Mio ben ricordati, D 688/4

Remember, my beloved

(Poet's title: Mio ben ricordati)

Set by Schubert:

  • D 688/4

    [January 1820]

Text by:

Pietro Metastasio

Text written 1729.  First published 1730.

Part of  Vier Canzonen für eine Singstimme mit Klavierbegleitung, D 688

Mio ben ricordati

Mio ben, ricordati,
Se avvien ch’io mora,
Quanto quest’ anima
Fedel t’ amò.

E se pur amano
Le fredde ceneri,
Nell’ urna ancora

Remember, my beloved

My beloved, remember,
If it comes about that I die,
Remember the extent to which this soul
Loves you faithfully.

And if love is possible
For cold ashes,
Even from within the urn
I shall adore you.

Confirmed by Peter Rastl with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e compagni 1832, page 96-97.

The text appears in Alessandro nell’Indie, atto III, scena VII (Gandarte’s aria).

To see an early edition of the text, go to page 346 [358 von 450] here: http://digital.onb.ac.at/OnbViewer/viewer.faces?doc=ABO_%2BZ176741202