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Ohimè ch'io cado

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ohimè ch'io cado, ohimè
ch'inciampo ancor il piè
Pur come pria,
E la sfiorita mia
Caduta speme
Pur di novo rigar
Con fresco lagrimar
Hor mi conviene.

Lasso, del vecchio ardor
Conosco l'orme ancor
Dentro nel petto;
Ch'ha rotto il vago aspetto
E i guardi amati
Lo smalto adamantin
Ond'armaro il meschin
Pensier gelati.

Folle, credev'io pur
D'aver schermo sicur
Da un nudo arciero;
E pur io sí guerriero
Hor son codardo
Ne vaglio sostener
Il colpo lusinghier
D'un solo sguardo.

O Campion immortal
Sdegno; come sí fral
Hor fuggi indietro;
A sott'armi di vetro
Incanto errante
M'hai condotto infedel
Contro spada crudel
D'aspro diamante.

O come sa punir
Tirann'amor l'ardir
D'alma rubella!
Una dolce favella,
Un seren volto
Un vezzoso mirar,
Sogliono rilegar
Un cor disciolto.

Occhi belli, ah se fu
Sempre bella virtù
Giusta pietate!
Deh voi non mi negate
Il guardo e'l riso
Che mi sa la prigion
Per sí bella cagion
Il Paradiso.

Translation(s): FRE

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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)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Hélas, je tombe", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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