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Sì dolce è'l tormento

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Si dolce è'l tormento
Ch'in seno mi sta,
Ch'io vivo contento
Per cruda beltà.
Nel ciel di bellezza 
S'accreschi fierezza
Et manchi pietà:
Che sempre qual scoglio 
All'onda d'orgoglio 
Mia fede sarà.

La speme fallace
Rivolgam' il piè.
Diletto ne pace 
Non scendano a me.
E l'empia ch'adoro
Mi nieghi ristoro
Di buona mercè:
Tra doglia infinita,
Tra speme tradita
Vivrà la mia fè.

Per foco e per gelo 
Riposo non hò.
Nel porto del Cielo
Riposo haverò.
Se colpo mortale
Con rigido strale
Il cor m'impiagò,
Cangiando mia sorte
Col dardo di morte 
Il cor sanerò.

Se fiamma d'amore
Già mai non sentì
Quel riggido core 
Ch'il cor mi rapì,
Se nega pietate
La cruda beltate
Che l'alma invaghì:
Ben fia che dolente,
Pentita e languente
Sospirimi un dì.

Translation(s): CAT DUT FRE FRI GER

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Robert Garrigós) , "Tant dolç és el turment", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "Zo zoet is de kwelling", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Si doux est le tourment", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian (Geart van der Meer) , "Sa swiet is de pine", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "So süß ist die Qual", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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So süß ist die Qual

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Italian (Italiano)

So süß ist die Qual,
die im Herzen ich trage,
dass glücklich ich lebe
der grausamen Schönheit.
Mag am Himmel der Schönheit 
auch Hochmut erblühen,
Barmherzigkeit fehlen,
stets fest wie ein Fels
in der Brandung des Hochmuts 
wird steh’n meine Treu. 

Ein trügerisch Hoffen
verwirrt meine Schritte, 
nicht Freude noch Friede
kommen auf mich herab.
Die Grausame, 
die ich liebe,
verwehrt das Erbarmen:
Zwischen endlosem Weh
und vergeblichem Hoffen
lebt fort meine Treu. 

Im Brennen, im Frieren
find ich keine Ruh.
Im Hafen des Himmels
werd Ruhe ich finden.
Wenn der tödliche Schuss
eines harten Pfeils
das Herz mir durchbohrt,
wird mein Los sich ändern,
mit dem Pfeil des Todes
wird mein Herz genesen.

Wenn dies grausame Herz,
das mein Herz mir genommen,
die Flamme der Liebe 
noch niemals verspürte,
wenn die grausame Schöne, 
die mich verwirrte, 
kein Mitleid empfindet, 
so kann es doch sein,
dass sie in Reue und Pein, 
eines Tags nach mir seufzt.

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