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A che più debb'io mai l'intensa voglia

Language: Italian (Italiano)

A che più debb'io mai l'intensa voglia
Sfogar con pianti o con parole meste,
Se di tal sorte 'l ciel, che l'alma veste,
Tard' o per tempo, alcun mai non ne spoglia?
A che 'l cor lass' a più morir m'invoglia,
S'altri pur dee morir? Dunque per queste
Luci l'ore del fin fian men moleste;
Ch'ogn' altro ben val men ch'ogni mia doglia.
Però se 'l colpo, ch'io ne rub' e 'nvolo,
Schifar non poss'; almen, s'è destinato,
Ch entrerà 'nfra la dolcezza e 'l duolo?
Se vint' e pres' i' debb'esser beato,
Maraviglia non è se nud' e solo,
Resto prigion d'un Cavalier armato.

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE SPA

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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 (Carl Johengen) , "Sonnet XXXI", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Addington Symonds) , "To Tommaso de' Cavalieri: Love's lordship", from The Sonnets of Michael Angelo Buonarroti and Tommaso Campanella now for the first time translated into rhymed English, first published 1878
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "What point is there in still giving vent to my intense longing", written 2002, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sonnet XXXI", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Sonnet XXXI

Language: French (Français) after the Italian (Italiano)

Pourquoi dois-je exprimer mon désir ardent
Avec des larmes et des mots tristes,
Si le ciel qui habille l'âme d'un tel sort,
Jamais plus tard ou plus tôt ne la déshabille ?
Pourquoi mon cœur las soupire après la mort,
Puisque les autres doivent mourir ? Ainsi à ces
Yeux l'heure de la fin sera moins douloureuse,
Toute ma joie étant moindre que mes douleurs.
Mais si le coup que de lui je prends et attrape,
Je ne peux l'éviter ; puisque c'est mon sort,
Qui se tiendra entre la joie et la douleur ?
Si pour être heureux je dois être conquis,
Ce n'est pas un miracle que moi, nu et seul,
Je reste prisonnier d'un Chevalier armé.

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