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Ho sognato che stavi a' ginocchi

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ho sognato che stavi a' ginocchi,
Come un santo che prega il Signor ...
Mi guardavi nel fondo degli occhi,
Sfavillava il tuo sguardo d'amor.

Tu parlavi e la voce sommessa...
Mi chiedea dolcemente mercè...
Solo un guardo che fosse promessa,
Imploravi, curvata al mio piè.

Io tacevo e coll'anima forte
Il desio tentatore lottò.
Ho provato il martirio e la morte
pur mi vinsi e ti dissi di no.

Ma il tuo labbro sfiorò la mia faccia...
E la forza del cor mi tradì.
Chiusi gli occhi,ti stesi le braccia...
Ma, sognavo...E il bel  sogno svanì.

Translation(s): ENG ENG

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Warning: many sources have typos on line 2-4 ("curvato") and line 3-1 ("taceva"), for example, La romanza italiana da salotto, ed. by Francesco Sanvitale, Instituto Nazionale Tostiano, 2002, p. 88.

Submitted by Mario Giuseppe Genesi


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):

  • ENG English (Hugo Poon) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Anne Evans) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-10-28 09:09:28
Line count: 16
Word count: 97

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I've dreamed of you on your knees

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

I've dreamed of you on your knees
like a saint who prays to the Lord,
you gazed at me and in your eyes.
your glance of love sparkled.

You spoke and your soft voice...
asked me sweetly for mercy...
Only a glance that is promised...
did you implore bended at my foot.

I was silent and with my strong soul
struggled to resist temptation
I have felt martyrdom and death,
yet you conquered me and said no.

But your lips touched my face...
and the force of your heart betrayed me.
You closed your eyes, you stretched out your arms,
but I was dreaming and the beautiful dream vanished.

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Translation of title "Sogno" = "Dream"


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Based on
  • a text in Italian (Italiano) by Olindo Guerrini (1845 - 1916), as Lorenzo Stecchetti, appears in Postuma, first published 1877
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Enrique Mario Casella, Francesco Paolo Tosti. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-02-06.
Last modified: 2017-11-08 14:12:55
Line count: 16
Word count: 109