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Signor, se vero è alcun proverbio antico

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Signor, se vero è alcun proverbio antico,
questo è ben quel, che chi può, mai non vuole.
Tu hai creduto a favole e parole,
e premiato chi èl del ver nimico.

Io sono, e fui già tuo buon servo antico;
a te son dato come i raggi al sole;
e del mio tempo non t'incresce o duole,
e men ti piaccio se più m'affatico.

Già sperai ascender per la tuo altezza;
e 'l giusto peso, e la potente spada
fassi al bisogno, e non la voce d'ecco.

Ma 'l cielo è quel ch'ogni virtù disprezza
locarla al mondo, se vuol ch'altri vada
a prender frutto d'un arbor ch'è secco.

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE GER RUS

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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)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Abram Efros (1888 - 1954) CAT ENG GER FRE by Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John Addington Symonds) , title 1: "To Pope Julius II", from The Sonnets of Michael Angelo Buonarroti and Tommaso Campanella now for the first time translated into rhymed English, published 1878
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bettina Jacobson) , title 1: "An Julius II", from Michelangelo: Gedichte und Briefe, published 1907
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Vérité", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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