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Io re sono e sono amante

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Io re sono e sono amante.    
Il mio amor è un brutto affanno,
il mio regno è un bel malanno,
ma la taglia è peggio ancor.
Quando volgo il mio pensiero
alla mia crudel Lisetta,
par che irato amor mi metta
mille diavoli nel cor.
Ch'io son re poi mi rammento,
e dai stimoli di gloria
cose a far degne d'istoria
infiammar mi sento allor.
Ma la solita paura
smorza amor, la gloria oscura,
e aver parmi sulla groppa
il sicario che m'accoppa
e con qualche botta ria
mi risana in sempiterno
dall'eroïca pazzia
della gloria e dell'amor.

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 am a king and a lover.", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-06-05.
Last modified: 2018-08-16 14:50:10
Line count: 20
Word count: 98

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