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Vo solcando un mar crudele

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Vo solcando un mar crudele
Senza vele e senza sarte:
Freme l’onda, il ciel s’imbruna,
Cresce il vento e manca l’arte;
E il voler della fortuna
Son costretto a seguitar.

Infelice! in questo stato
Son da tutti abbandonato;
Meco sola è l’innocenza
Che mi porta a naufragar.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Andrew Schneider [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):

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "I go forth, sailing on a cruel sea", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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I go forth, sailing on a cruel sea

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

I go forth, sailing on a cruel sea,
without sails, without shrouds.
The waves roar, the sky grows dark:
the wind grows, and skill fails me;
And I am constrained to follow
the will of Fortune.

Unhappy me! In this state,
Everyone abandons me;
Innocence alone remains with me, 
and she drives me to shipwreck.

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