from Il Pastor Fido, Act 1, Scene 2, lines 51-56
Deh, poi ch'era ne' fati ch'io dovessi
amar la morte e non la vita mia,
vorrei morir almen, sì che la morte
da lei, che n'è cagion, gradita fosse,
né si sdegnasse a l'ultimo sospiro
di mostrarmi i begli occhi e dirmi: "Mori!".
Yet, since it was fate that I should
love death, rather than life,
my wish is death, were at least death
pleasing to her who is its cause,
would she but deign at my last breath
to turn her fair gaze to me and bid me "Die!".