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A questo seno, deh!

Language: Italian (Italiano)

 A questo seno, deh!
 Vieni, idolo mio. Quanti timori,
 Quante lacrime, oh Dio,
 Costi alla sposa tua.
 Dunque tu vivi. Oh contento! Oh certezza!
 Oh premio! Oh speme! Oh amor! Numi clementi,
 Nell'offrirmi, pietosi, un sì bel dono,
 Tutto il vostro rigore io vi perdono.

 Or che il [ciel]1 a me ti rende,
 Cara parte del mio cor,
 La mia gioia, ah, non comprende
 Chi non sa che cosa è amor!
 Sono all'alma un grato oggetto
 Le [sue]2 barbare vicende,
 [Ed in sen]3 dolce discende
 La memoria del dolor.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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V. Righini sets stanza 2

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1 Righini: "cielo"
2 Righini: "mie"
3 Righini: "E nel sen"

Submitted by John Versmoren


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 (Bertrand Meyer) , "To this heart, ah!", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Vers ce cœur, ah !", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-07-12.
Last modified: 2016-04-13 20:20:50
Line count: 18
Word count: 91

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To this heart, ah!

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

To this heart, ah!
Come, my idol. How many fears,
How many tears, oh God,
You have cost your spouse.
So you are alive. O happiness! O certainty!
O reward! O hope! O love! Merciful gods,
By bestowing on me, O lenient ones, such a beautiful gift,
You make me forgive all your rigors.

Now that Heaven has brought you back to me,
You cherished part of my heart,
No one, Ah, can understand my joy
Who does not know what love is!
To my soul, your barbarous adventures
Turn into an object of gratitude
As from my heart sweetly goes away
The memory of my pain.

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Based on
  • a text in Italian (Italiano) by Giovanni de Gamerra (1743 - 1803) FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giovanni Paisiello, Vincenzo Righini. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-06-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:23
Line count: 18
Word count: 109