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I arise from dreams of thee

Language: English

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright:
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
[Has]1 led me - who knows how?
To thy chamber window, Sweet!

The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream -
The Champak odours fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale's complaint,
It dies upon her heart; -
As I must die on thine,
O belovèd as thou art!

Oh lift me from the grass!
I die! I faint! I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.
My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast; -
Oh! press it to thine own again,
Where it will break at last.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER GER ITA

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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)

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Indische Serenade", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
Line count: 24
Word count: 142

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Serenata indiana

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Del sonno tra i fantasimi
Di te sognavo, o amore!
Mi desto: i venti trepididi sospirano,
È delle stelle vivido il fulgore.
Ti sognavo; e uno spirito
M'addusse, come fu?
Oh amor, sotto il balcone
Della camera, ove dimori tu!

Le aure errabonde languono
Sulle mute correnti.
Dei gigli neri vagano gli effluvii,
Come in sogno pensieri evanescenti.
All'usignolo il querulo canto
Nel petto muor:
Così debbo morire, o fior dell'anima,
Così sovra il tuor cuor!

Oh! Da terra sollevami!
Io muoio, io languo, io manco.
Piova in baci il tuor amor sulle miei palpebre
Bianche, sul labbro sitibondo e bianco.
Ahi! La mia guancia è pallida!
Il cuor battiti dà impetuosi!
Oh! Ancor contro il tuo stringilo:
Ivi s'infrangerà.

Submitted by Harry Joelson


Based on
  • a text in English by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822), "Lines to an Indian Air" FRE GER GER GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Timothée Adamowski, Paul Ambrose, David Arditti, Mrs. Robert Arkwright , Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, John G. Barnett, Jean-Pierre Barricelli, Ida Beaumont, Augusto Bendelari, Alfred William Bennett, William Henry Berwald, J. S. Beuthin, John W. Bischoff, Franz Carl Bornschein, Frank Herbert Brackett, Frederic Field Bullard, Noble Cain, John Spencer Camp, Orlando Canale, O. L. Carter, Horace Clark, Louis Adolphe Coerne, Frederick Shepherd Converse, Charles Whitney Coombs, Frederick Delius, John Woods Duke, Arthur Foote, Michael Head, Roger Quilter, Boleyne Reeves, Wilfred Sanderson, Max Wilhelm Karl Vogrich. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2007-06-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
Line count: 24
Word count: 120