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Se cerca, se dice

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Se cerca, se dice:
«L’amico dov’è?»
«L’amico infelice»
rispondi «morì».
Ah no sì gran duolo
non darle per me.
Rispondi ma solo:
«Piangendo partì».
Che abisso di pene!
Lasciare il suo bene!
Lasciarlo per sempre!
Lasciarlo così!

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) , "If she approaches, and asks,", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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If she approaches, and asks,

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

If she approaches, and asks,
"Where is my friend?"
Respond to her,
"Your friend died
in a state of sorrow."

Ah, no! Don't pain her so
on my account!
Rather, just say,
"He left here weeping."

An abyss of pain it is
to leave one's beloved.
To leave her forever!
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