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Se nel ben sempre incostante

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Se nel ben, se nel ben,
Sempre inconstante fortuna vagante,
Di far si stabile uso non ha,
Anco mutabile nel mal sarà.

Se non può, se non può,
D'astro inclemente pupilla dolente
Lo sdegno frangere, ne il ciel mutar,
Non giova a piangere, nel sospirar.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Thomas A. Gregg


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , title 1: "If times are good", copyright ©, (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
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Word count: 45

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If times are good

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

If times are good,
Fortune wanders, always changing,
It's not accustomed to remaining stable,
Yet bad times are changeable too.

If it's not possible,
That sad eyes can break down
Cruel harsh planets nor change the heavens,
It is no use to weep, nor to sigh.

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:18
Line count: 8
Word count: 46