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Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Quel sguardo sdegnosetto
Lucente e minacioso,
Quel dardo velenoso 
Vola a ferirmi il petto:
Bellezze ond'io tutt'ardo
E son da me diviso.
Piagatemi col sguardo,
Sanatemi col riso.

Armatevi pupille 
D'asprissimo, d'asprissimo rigore,
Versatemi su'l core 
Un nembo di faville,
Ma 'l labro non sia tardo
A ravvivarmi ucciso.
Feriscami quel sguardo,
Ma sanimi quel riso.

Begli occhi a l'armi, a l'armi!
Io vi preparo il seno.
Gioite di piagarmi,
Infin ch'io venga meno.
E se da vostri dardi
Io resterò conquiso,
Ferischino quei sguardi,
Ma sanimi quel riso.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 (Laura Kate Marshall) , "That scornful little glance", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ce regard dédaigneux", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:18
Line count: 24
Word count: 89

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That scornful little glance

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

That scornful little glance
gleaming and threatening -
that poisonous dart -
Shoots out and strikes my heart.
Charms that have set me on fire,
and have divided me.
Wound me with a glance
Heal me with laughter!

Eyes be armed
with roughest rigor
pour on my heart
a cloudburst of sparks!
But let not the lips be late
in reviving my corpse;
let that glance wound me
but that laughter heal me.

To arms sweet eyes!
I prepare my breast for you:
take joy in wounding me
until I faint.
For if by your darts
I remain conquered,
Wound me with those glances!
But heal me with  that laughter.

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Word count: 110