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Guarda pria se in questa fronte

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Guarda pria se in questa fronte
trovi scritto alcun delitto
e dirai che la mia sorte
desta invidia e non pietà.

Bella prova è d'alma forte
L'esser placida e serena
Nel soffrir l'ingiusta pena
D'una colpa che non ha.

Translation(s): ENG

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N. Vaccaj sets stanza 2

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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

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Look first upon this face

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Look first upon this face;
see whether there you find written 
any crime, and you will say
that my fate awakes envy, not pity.

A great proof of a courageous soul
is being peaceful and serene
whilst suffering an unjust punishment
for a crime for which one is blameless.

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Translations of title(s):
"Guarda se pria in questa fronte" = "Look first upon this face"
"Intervalli di sesta" = "Sixths"


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