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Cantava'l ruscello la gaia canzone

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Cantava'l ruscello la gaia canzone,
cantavano i rami la festa d'aprile.
O primavera, o fulgida stagione,
o bel tempo gentile!

Vagavan pe'l cielo falene lucenti,
vagavan su' prati, libando ogni fiore.
O primavera, o giorni sorridenti,
o bel tempo d'amore!

Avea carezze d'aliti ogni sentiero;
s'intrecciavano i cespi innamorati.
Oh... la pace fedel de la foresta!
Oh... il soave mistero!

Sovra'l mio volto palido,
sovra la bruna testa,
candidi e profumati,
come nembo divino,
pioveano i petali de'l bianco spino!

Cantava'l ruscello la gaia canzone,
cantavan fra'rami melodiche voci.
O primavera, o rapida stagione,
o rei giorni veloci!

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Peter Rastl) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:44
Line count: 21
Word count: 98

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The brook sang its gay song

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

The brook sang its gay song,
the branches sang for the April feast.
O spring, o shining season,
o beautiful and sweet time [of year]!

Bright moths lit the sky above,
wandering across the meadows, drinking from every flower.
O spring, o smiling days,
O beautiful time of love!

Every path was carressed by breezes;
winding through hedges as if enamoured.
Oh… the reliable peace of the forest!
Oh… its gentle mystery!

Upon my pallid face,
upon my dark hair,
snow-white and perfumed,
in a divine cloud,
rained down the petals of the hawthorn!

The brook sang its gay song,
from the boughs sang melodious voces.
O spring, O fleeting season,
O quickly vanishing days!

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Note for line 2-1: “falene lucenti” can also refer to fireflies and butterflies.


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Text added to the website: 2016-10-23.
Last modified: 2016-10-23 20:56:44
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Word count: 115