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Odi l'aura che dolce sospira

Language: Italian (Italiano)

 Odi l'aura che dolce sospira;
 Mentre fugge scutendo le fronde,
 Se l'intendi, ti parla d'amor.

 Senti l'onda che rauca s'aggira;
 Mentre geme radendo le sponde,
 Se l'intendi, si lagna d'amor.

(a due):
 Quell'affetto chi sente nel petto,
 Sa per prova se nuoce, se giova,
 Se diletto produce o dolor!

Translation(s): ENG FRE GER

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Confirmed with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e compagni 1832, page 622.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG FRE FRE by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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

  • ENG English (Uri Liebrecht) , "Hear the breeze in flight", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Écoute la brise", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-09-02 03:58:01
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Hear the breeze in flight

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

 Hear the breeze in flight
 Sigh sweetly through the stirring fronds;
 Know, it speaks to you of love.

 Hear the wave caress the shore,
 Gruffly moaning as it ebbs;
 Know, it complains to you of love.

 This sensation in your heart, known from what has come before
 As bringing hurt or bringing joy, 
 makes for pain or sheer delight.

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  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2009 by Uri Liebrecht, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2009-01-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:05
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