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Ier fu mandata una persona pia

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ier fu mandata una persona pia
Che la vestì di bianco tutta quanta;
Poi son venuti, e l'han portata via
In pompa santa.

L'ho vista proprio là nella chiesetta
Là dove m'han portato a battezzare;
Stava la bara della poveretta
Presso l'altare.

Mi venne allor sul viso uno smortore
Che somigliava al bacio della Morte,
E freddo per letargico sudore,
Caddi alle porte.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Yesterday, a pious women", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-08-03.
Last modified: 2016-10-04 18:06:03
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

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Yesterday, a pious women

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Yesterday, a pious women was sent
Who dressed her all in white;
Then they came, and bore her away
in holy pomp.

I saw my beloved in the same church
Where I was brought to be baptized;
The poor girl’s coffin stood
At the altar.

My face blanched
As though kissed by Death,
And frenched in a cold sweat,
I collapsed by the door.

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Text added to the website: 2016-10-04.
Last modified: 2016-10-04 18:05:41
Line count: 12
Word count: 64