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La Quaglia. Sonetto burlesco

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Lascia di Libia il ciel l'ardita Quaglia
e rivarcato il procelloso Egeo
Invan cercando il suo crudel marmeo
qui nel foco d'Amor tutta se squaglia

Mentre sonora più la voce scaglia
contro l'amante fuggitivo e reo
par che mi desti un impeto Febeo
e à dir contro di voi l'ira m'assaglia

ecco vanno del pari i nostri affanni
s'ella il capo dibatte il mio piè trotta
si pasce ella di migli lo di mal' anni

squaqquera spesso & io sospiro ogn'hotta
le penne ha sconcie & io squarciati i panni
ell'adora vn marmeo io vna marmotta.

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: "La caille. Sonnet burlesque", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-02-27 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:09

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Word count: 96

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La caille. Sonnet burlesque

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

La caille hardie quitte le ciel de Lybie
et traverse la mer Égée orageuse.
En vain elle cherche son cruel butor
qui dans le feu de l'amour a complètement disparu.

Tandis qu'elle donne de la voix
contre l'amant fugitif et coupable,
comme un appel de Phébus me saisit
et la colère me pousse à dire contre vous :

Voyez, nos souffrances sont semblables,
elle secoue la tête et moi je trotte à pied,
elle se nourrit de mil et moi de mauvaises années.

Souvent elle cacabe, et moi je soupire tout le temps,
elle a les plumes sales et moi les vêtements déchirés,
elle adore un butor et moi une marmotte.

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      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Barbara Strozzi. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-06-28 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-06-28 02:53:31

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