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Tu sa, ch'io so, signor mie, che tu sai

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Tu sa, ch'io so, signor mie, che tu sai
Ch'i [veni]1 per goderti più da presso;
E sai ch'i' so, che tu sa' c'i' son desso:
A che più indugio a salutarci omai?
Se vera è la speranza che mi dai,
Se vero è 'l [buon]2 desio che m'è concesso,
Rompasi il mur fra l'uno e l'altro messo;
Chè doppia forza hann' i celati guai.
S'i' amo sol di te, signor mie caro,
Quel che di te più ami, non ti sdegni;
Che l'un dell'altro spirto s'innamora,
Quel che nel tuo bel volto bramo e 'mparo,
E mal compres' è degli umani ingegni,
Chi 'l vuol [veder]3, convien che prima mora.

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE SPA

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1 K. Sorabji: "vengo"
2 K. Sorabji: "gran"
3 K. Sorabji: "saper"

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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)

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Sonnet LV

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

Tu sais que je sais, mon seigneur, que tu sais
Que je suis venu plus près pour te réjouir.
Et tu sais que je sais que tu sais que je suis constant.
Pourquoi alors hésité-je plus à te saluer ?
Si l'espoir que tu me donnes est vrai,
Si le grand désir qui m'est accordé est vrai,
Que le mur entre l'un et l'autre soit brisé ;
Car les chagrins secrets ont double force.
Si j'aime seulement en toi, mon bien-aimé,
Ce que tu aimes le plus, ne te fâche pas ;
Car l'esprit de l'un est ainsi amoureux de l'autre.
Ce que je cherche à saisir dans ton beau visage,
Est mal compris par l'humanité,
Et celui qui veut le voir doit d'abord mourir.

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