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Deh! bella e cara e sí soave un tempo

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Deh! bella e cara e sí soave un tempo
cagion del viver mio, mentre a Dio piacque,
volgi una volta, volgi
quelle stelle amorose,
come le vidi mai, cosí tranquille
e piene di pietà, prima ch'i' moia,
ché 'l morir mi sia dolce.
E dritto è ben che, se mi fûro un tempo
dolci segni di vita, or sien di morte
que' begli occhi amorosi;
e quel soave sguardo,
che mi scorse ad amare,
mi scorga anco a morire;
e chi fu l'alba mia,
del mio cadente dí l'espero or sia.

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):

  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Pablo Sotelo) , title 1: "¡Ah! Bella amada, tan suave en otro tiempo", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ah ! belle et chère et si douce un temps", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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¡Ah! Bella amada, tan suave en otro tiempo

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

¡Ah! Bella amada, tan suave en otro tiempo
razón de mi vivir, mientras a Dios agradó,
vuelve por una vez, vuelve a mí
esas estrellas amorosas,
como nunca las vi, así tranquilas
y llenas de piedad, antes de que yo muera,
para que el morir me sea dulce.
Y es justo que, si alguna vez fueron para mí
dulces señales de vida, ahora lo sean en mi muerte 
esos bellos ojos amorosos;
y esa suave mirada
que me divisara en el amor,
me divise también en la muerte;
y anhelo que quien fuera mi alborada
sea ahora mi atardecer.

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