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Luci belle, deh, ditemi perchè

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Luci belle, deh, ditemi perché
sempre altere e dispietate
vi mostrate
non curando amor e fé.
Formò Fallari tiranno
contro i rei fiero istromento,
pur alfin nell'empio inganno
breve morte era il tormento.
Io solo, ahi lasso, per più cruda sorte
con perpetuo penar provo la morte.
Or voi arbitre siate al mio dolore
se nel regno d'amore
più infelice amator vi sia di me.
Là nel regno de' tormenti
dolce suon d'ismaria cetra
sin da' cerberi frementi
pure alfin pietade impetra;
io, fatto esempio a' sfortunati amanti,
spargo invano sospir, accenti e pianti.
Or dunque al mio pregar sorde e rubelle,
ho da dir, crude stelle,
che nel ciel di beltà pietà non v'è.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Beaux yeux, oh, dites-moi pourquoi", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2017-05-20.
Last modified: 2017-05-20 07:37:00
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Beaux yeux, oh, dites‑moi pourquoi

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

Beaux yeux, oh, dites-moi pourquoi
toujours hautains et sans pitié
vous vous montrez,
ne vous souciant pas d'amour ni de foi.
Le tyran Phalaris créa
un instrument cruel pour les coupables
mais à la fin dans une ruse cruelle,
le tourment était une mort brève.
Moi seul, hélas, par un sort plus cruel,
dans une douleur perpétuelle j'éprouve la mort.
Soyez juges de ma souffrance,
dans le royaume de l'amour
dites-moi s'il y a un amant plus malheureux.
Là dans le royaume des tourments,
le doux son de la harpe de Thrace
fait taire les grognements de Cerbère
pour qu'à la fin la pitié règne.
Moi, exemple pour les amants infortunés,
je répands en vain soupirs, plaintes et larmes.
Puisque à ma prière vous restez sourdes et intraitable,
cruelles étoiles, je dois donc dire
que dans le ciel de la beauté il n'y a pas de pitié.

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