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Ma, che vi fece, o stelle

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ma che vi fece, o stelle,
La povera Dircea, che tante unite
Sventure contro lei! Voi, che inspiraste
I casti affetti alle nostr'alme; voi,
Che al pudico Imeneo, foste presenti,
Difendetelo, o Numi: io mi confondo.
M'oppresse il colpo a segno,
Che il cor mancommi, e si smarrì l'ingegno.
Sperai vicino il lido,
Credei calmato il vento,
Ma trasportar mi sento
Fra le tempeste ancor.
E da uno scoglio infido
Mentre salvar mi voglio,
Urto in un altro scoglio
Del primo assai peggior.

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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Mais que vous fit-elle, ô étoiles", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-07-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:08
Line count: 16
Word count: 83

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Mais que vous fit‑elle, ô étoiles

Language: French (Français) after the Italian (Italiano)

Mais que vous fit-elle, ô étoiles,
la pauvre Dircée, que s'unissent tant
de malheurs contre elle ? Vous, qui avez inspiré
ces chastes sentiments dans nos âmes ; vous,
qui au pudique hymen étiez présents,
défendez-le, ô dieux ; je suis perdu.
Le coup me frappe si fort
que le cœur me manque, et l'esprit se perd.
J'espérais le rivage proche,
Je croyais le vent calmé,
mais je me sens emporté
encore par la tempête.
Et tandis qu'à un récif traître
je veux me sauver,
je bute sur un autre récif
pire que le premier.

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Text added to the website: 2010-02-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:35
Line count: 16
Word count: 95