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Il nocchier, che si figura

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Il nocchier, che si figura
Ogni scoglio, ogni tempesta
Non si lagni se poi resta
Un mendico pescator.

Darsi in braccio ancor conviene
Qualche volta alla fortuna;
che sovente in ciò ch’avviene
la fortuna ha parte ancor.

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) , "Let the helmsman who imagines", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-04-24.
Last modified: 2018-08-14 12:35:52
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Let the helmsman who imagines

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Let the helmsman who imagines
each treacherous rock
and each ocean storm,
not complain, if after all of that,
he must still reckon with a beggarly fisherman.

It is sometimes worthwhile to 
trust oneself ever to fortune,
for often in unforeseen eventualities,
fortune plays her part.

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Text added to the website: 2018-08-16.
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