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Music to hear, why hear'st thou music...

Language: English

Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lovest thou that which thou receivest not gladly,
Or else receivest with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tunèd sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing.
  Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
  Sings this to thee: "Thou single wilt prove none."


Translation(s): DUT FIN FRE FRE HUN ITA JPN ROM RUS

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Tu, musica all'orecchio, perché  triste la musica ascolti?

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Tu, musica all'orecchio, perché  triste la musica ascolti?
Dolcezza con dolcezza non lotta, e gioia della gioia ha piacere.
Perché mostri di amare ciò che non lietamente accogli
o  forse lietamente accogli ciò che ti fa annoiare?
Se la pura armonia di ben accordati suoni,
tutti insieme congiunti, offende il tuo udito,
è solo un dolce rimprovero a te, che confondi
in un a solo ciò che dovresti tenere separato.
Considera come ogni corda, all'altra dolce sposa,
vibra con le altre in un mutuo concento,
simili a un padre, a un figlio e a una madre gioiosa,
che tutti uniti cantano lo stesso piacevole canto.
Il cui suono molteplice, che pure sembra uno,
senza parole ti dice: "Solo non sei nessuno"


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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 8 FIN FRE FRE HUN RUS DUT JPN ROM
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Andrew Buchman, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Stephen Chatman, Paul Dessau, Miriam Gideon, Karel Goeyvaerts, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Edward James Harper, Oscar van Hemel, Gary Michael Higginson, Knud Högenhaven, Bo Holten, Brian C. Jarrett, Björn Johansson, Jouni Kaipainen, Laura Kaminsky, Piet Ketting, Torben Kjaer, Norman Eugene Lowrey, Jason McAuliffe, Paul Nahay, Erik Norby, Malcolm Cameron Peyton, Solomon Pimsleur, Paul Amadeus Pisk, Wilhelm Rettich, Johannes Röntgen, George Shearing, Michael Short, Richard Simpson, Ragnvald Strand, Igor Stravinsky, Leif Thybo, Harri Vuori, Paul William Whear, Jeffery J. Wilson, David Winkler. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-01-01.
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