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O leggiadri occhi belli

Language: Italian (Italiano)

O leggiadri occhi belli,
occhi miei cari,
vivi raggi del ciel
sereni e chiari,
poichè tanto bramate
di vedermi languire,
di vedermi morire,
occhi belli che adoro,
mirate ch'io moro.

O serene mie luci,
o luci amate,
tanto crude al mio amor
quanto spietate,
poichè tanto godete
della fiamma ch'io sento
del mio grave tormento
deh miratemi un poco
e gioite al mio foco.

Translation(s): ENG GER

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Submitted by Adam Taylor


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):

  • ENG English (Camilla Bugge) , "Oh graceful, lovely eyes", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "O anmutige schöne Augen", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2019-01-14 10:50:25
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Word count: 64

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Oh graceful, lovely eyes

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Oh graceful, lovely eyes,
my beloved eyes,
living rays from heaven,
so bright and clear,
since you desire so much
to see me languish, 
to see me die,
lovely eyes that I adore,
see how I die.

Oh bright lights,
oh beloved lights,
so cruel and merciless 
to my love,
since you so enjoy
the fire that I feel
from my severe affliction,
oh look at me a little
and rejoice in my fire.

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

Last modified: 2019-01-14 10:50:51
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Word count: 74