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Siam navi all'onde algenti

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Siam navi all'onde algenti
Lasciate in abbandono,
Impetuosi venti
I nostri affetti sono,
Ogni diletto è scoglio,
Tutta la vita è un mar.

Ben, qual nocchiero, in noi
veglia ragion; ma poi
pur dall'ondoso orgoglio
si lascia trasportar.

Translation(s): ENG

List of language codes

N. Vaccaj sets stanza 1
D. Cimarosa sets stanza 1

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Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti and 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 [singable] (Andrew Schneider) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-08-15T19:56:23
Line count: 10
Word count: 38

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We are ships on a chilly ocean

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

We are ships on a chilly ocean,
abandoned to our own devices;
our emotions are violent winds.
Every delight is like a rock;
all of life is a sea.

True, as does a helmsman,
Reason keeps watch at first;
But even she will then
let herself be carried away
by the waves of pride.

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Translations of title(s):
"Siam navi all'onde algenti" = "We are ships on a chilly sea"
"Le volate" = "For runs"


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Text added to the website: 2018-03-31T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-03-31T00:31:42
Line count: 10
Word count: 54