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Ecco, piegando le ginocchia a terra

Language: Italian (Italiano)

[Ti disprezzai superbo:]
ecco, piegando le ginocchia a terra,
riverente t'adoro
e ti cheggio perdon, ma non già vita.
Ecco gli strali e l'arco;
ma non ferir già tu gli occhi o le mani,
colpevoli ministri
d'innocente voler; ferisci il petto,
ferisci questo mostro,
di pietate e d'amore aspro nemico;
ferisci questo cor che ti fu crudo:
eccoti il petto ignudo.

Translation(s): FRE SPA

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Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Me voici, posant le genou à terre", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Pablo Sotelo) , title 1: "He aquí que, llevando la rodilla a tierra", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:31
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He aquí que, llevando la rodilla a tierra

Language: Spanish (Español) after the Italian (Italiano)

He aquí que, llevando la rodilla a tierra,
reverente te adoro
y te pido perdón, no ya la vida.
He aquí las flechas y el arco;
mas no hieras tú los ojos o las manos,
culpables sirvientes
de un inocente querer; herid mi pecho,
herid este monstruo,
de piedad y de amor severo enemigo;
herid este corazón que contigo fue cruel:
hete aquí mi pecho desnudo.

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Text added to the website: 2015-04-09.
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