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Non so se quel sorriso

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Non so se quel sorriso
mi schernisce o m’affida
se quel mirarmi fiso
m’alletta o mi diffida.
Gia schernito e deriso
da bella donna infida
non vorrei più che’l core
fosse strazio d’amore.
Non vo’ più per dolcezza
d’immaginato bene.
Nutrimi d’amarezza
vivendo sempre in pene,
né per nuova bellezza
portar i lacci e catene,
né graver l’alma ancella
di inferma novella.
Se tu vuoi ch’io t’adori
d’amor stella gentile,
ti canti, e ch’io t’onori
su la mia cetra docile
a più degni tesori
a guideron non vile
chiama l’avida speme
che spregiata già teme.
Soffrir’io più non voglio
la ferità crudele
d’un cor cinto d’orgoglio,
d’un anima infedele’
Né tra scoglio né tra scoglie
affidar più le vele
della mia libertate
senza certa pietate.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Jordyn Elizabeth Beranek


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Jordyn Elizabeth Beranek) , title 1: "I do not know if that smile", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-04-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:32
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Word count: 125

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I do not know if that smile

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

I do not know if that smile
sneers at me or reassures me;
if that fixed look
attracts me or warn me.
Already mocked and derided
by a beautiful, but unfaithful woman,
I do not want this heart
tormented by love.
I care no more about the sweetness
of imagined goodness.
You feed me with bitterness,
living always in pain,
a new love
no longer laces and chains me,
I will not burden the maiden’s soul
with a pitiful story.
If you want me to adore you,
gentle star of love,  
I sing of you, and honor you
on my sweet lyre,
toward more worthy treasures
guided not by a coward,
I call the eager hope
which scorns fear.
I no longer want to suffer
the cruel wound
of a heart bound by pride;
an unfaithful soul.
No longer between rocks,
I will not trust the sails
of my liberty
without the certainty of compassion.

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Text added to the website: 2014-04-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:32
Line count: 32
Word count: 155