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Costume di grandi

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Godere e lasciare
costuman gl'amanti,
bugiardi, incostanti,
le cose più care.
Onde chi mente più spera più lode,
s'inganna e si gode.
Con ladri comandi
si ruba il piacere.
Sprezzare e godere
costume è de' grandi.
Onde chi ruba più spera più lode,
s'inganne e si gode.
Al grande e saputo
non mai si conviene
goder e dir bene
del ben ch'ha goduto.
Onde chi biasma più spera più lode,
s'inganna e si gode.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Coutumes des grands", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2017-05-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-05-24 02:20:06

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Word count: 74

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Coutumes des grands

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

Jouir et abandonner,
c'est la coutume des amants
menteurs, inconstants,
des choses les plus chères.
Ainsi plus on ment, plus on espère de louange,
il trompe et s'amuse.
Avec des ordres de voleurs
on vole le plaisir.
Dédaigner et s'en amuser,
c'est la coutume des grands.
Ainsi plus on vole, plus on espère de louange,
il trompe et s'amuse.
Au grand et au sage
il ne convient jamais
de s'amuser et d'en dire du bien
du bien qu'il a goûté.
Ainsi plus on blâme,  plus on espère de louange,
il trompe et s'amuse.

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Based on
  • a text in Italian (Italiano) by Giulio Strozzi (1583 - 1660), "Costume di grandi"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Barbara Strozzi. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-06-10 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-06-10 06:02:43

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