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O placido il mare

Language: Italian (Italiano)

O placido il mare
Lusinghi la sponda,
O porti con l'onda
Terrore e spavento:
È colpa del vento,
Sua colpa non è.

S'io vo' con la sorte
cangiando sembianza,
virtù l'incostanza
diventa per me.

Translation(s): ENG

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N. Vaccaj 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 (Andrew Schneider) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Whether the sea caresses

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Whether the sea caresses
the grateful shore in peace,
or mayhap carries with the waves
terror and fear,
it is the wind's fault,
not that of the sea.

If I want to change appearances
as the whims of fate direct,
on my behalf, virtue
shall transform into disloyalty.

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Translations of title(s):
"O placido il mare" = "Whether the sea peacefully caresses"
"L'altro modo" = "The other mode"


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