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Moralità amorosa

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Sorge il mio sol con mattutini albori
e, intento a coltivar beltà divine,
con profumi odorosi incensa il crine
per aditar altrui come s'adori.

Poscia con sottilissimi candori
sparge dell'aureo capo ogni confine,
che di polve di cipri argente e brine
fanno officio di smalto in su quegli ori.

Mentre così in bella man s'impiega
e fra ceneri e fumi il crine involve,
in catene di foco il cor mi lega.

Che meraviglia è poi se si dissolve
la bellezza in brev'ora e chi mi nega
che fugace non sia, s'è fumo e polve!

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: "Moralité amoureuse", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Moralité amoureuse

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

Mon soleil se lève avec l'aube matinale
et avec l'intention de cultiver la beauté divine,
avec des parfums odorants encense sa chevelure
pour montrer aux autres comment s'orner.

Ensuite des plus fines poudres blanches
elle verse sur sa tête dorée jusqu'à chaque extrémité,
ainsi de poussière de poudre d'argent et de givre
est fait un émail au-dessus de ses ors.

Tandis que la belle main est ainsi utilisée
et parmi les cendres et la fumée la chevelure est enveloppée,
mon cœur est lié avec des chaînes de feu.

Quelle merveille qu'alors se dissolve
la beauté en un bref instant et qui peut nier
qu'elle s'enfuit, quand elle n'est que fumée et poussière !

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