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Ah donate il caro sposo

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ah voi condur volete  
alla disperazione una figliuola
promessa a degno sposo. Non vi parla
voce di sangue in petto?
No, creder no 'l potrei...
Deh piegatevi o cielo! ai voti miei.

Ah donate il caro sposo    
ad un'alma che sospira.
La mia calma, il mio riposo,
da voi sol dipenderà.

Se crudele persistete
a negarmi l'idol mio,
voi la pena pagherete
della vostra crudeltà.
Ma già sento la speranza
che lusinga questo core.
Consolate un dolce amore,
ve lo chiede la pietà.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "You wish to lead a young maiden", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-05-21.
Last modified: 2018-08-15 12:23:17
Line count: 18
Word count: 83

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You wish to lead a young maiden

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

You wish to lead a young maiden
who has been promised a worthy spouse
unto despair. 
The voice of your blood doesn't speak to you?
I cannot believe it. 
Pray yield to my supplications, o heaven!

Give to a soul who sighs
her beloved spouse.
My repose, my calm
depend solely upon you.

If you persist in denying me my love,
you will pay for your cruelty.
But now, I feel hope caressing this loving heart;
pity asks you to bring it hope.

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Text added to the website: 2018-06-08.
Last modified: 2018-06-08 13:04:01
Line count: 14
Word count: 83