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Full many a glorious morning have I seen

Language: English

Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine
With all triumphant splendor on my brow;
But out, alack! he was but one hour mine;
The region cloud hath mask'd him from me now.
  Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
  Suns of the world may stain when heaven's sun staineth.

Translation(s): FRE 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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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Hans Hübner , title unknown, copyright © ITA FRE by Hans-Georg Burghardt.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

Text added to the website: 2004-08-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:09
Line count: 14
Word count: 109

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Più  di un glorioso mattino ho contemplato

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Più di un glorioso mattino ho contemplato
che con il suo occhio sovrano abbelliva le cime dei monti,
con risplendente volto baciando ogni verde prato,
e con celeste alchimia indorando le pallide correnti;
Ma, subito dopo, permettendo alle più pesanti nubi di opprimere,
con un triste velame, il suo celestiale sembiante,
e al mondo desolato il suo viso nascondere,
con quest'onta fuggendo, furtivo, verso occidente:
E così pure il mio sole che brillava al mattino
Sulla mia fronte, con splendore e con fasto,
Ahimè è andato via e solo un'ora fu mio,
Una distesa di nuvole me lo tiene nascosto.
E tuttavia non per questo il mio amore è sdegnato;
Possono oscurarsi i soli terrestri se pure quello in cielo è velato.

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 33 FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Dorothea Austin, Leslie Crabtree, Miriam Gideon, Richard Simpson. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-01-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:02
Line count: 14
Word count: 122