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When to the sessions of sweet silent...

Language: English

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
  But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
  All losses are restored and sorrows end.

Translation(s): FRE ITA JPN RUS

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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Quando dolci pensieri in silenzioso convegno

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Quando dolci pensieri in silenzioso convegno
riportano tante cose passate alla memoria,
di quanto ho amato, e perso, tristemente mi lagno
e a pene antiche aggiungo lo sciupio dell'età più cara:
mi si inondano gli occhi, non avvezzi al pianto,allora
per gli amici preziosi svaniti nel buio della morte senza tempo
e pene d'amor perdute torno a piangere ancora
e la scomparsa di tante care visioni lamento:
torno ad affliggermi allora per le afflizioni passate,
e da dolore in dolore amaramente ripasso
il conto mesto delle sofferenze subite,
che nuovamente pago,come se non lo avessi già fatto.
   Ma se alla tua cara amicizia mi capita di pensare
   E' riparata ogni perdita e la tristezza scompare.

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 30 FRE RUS JPN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Leslie Crabtree, David Leo Diamond, Juliana Hall, Alan Hovhaness, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Richard Simpson. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-07-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:46
Line count: 14
Word count: 115