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Why ‑‑ do they shut me out of Heaven?

Language: English

Why -- do they shut me out of Heaven?
Did I sing -- too loud?
But -- I can sing a little minor,
Timid as a bird.

Wouldn't the angels try me -- 
just -- once -- more --
Just -- see -- if I troubled them --
But don't -- shut the door!

Oh if I -- were the Gentlemen 
in the White [Robe]1
and they -- were the little Hand -- that knocked --
Could -- I -- forbid?

Why do they shut me out of Heaven?
Did I sing too loud?

Translation(s): CAT FRE GER ITA

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1 Copland: "Robes"

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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: "Pourquoi m'ont-ils fermé la porte du ciel", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Per què m’han tancat les portes del cel?", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Perché dal Cielo sono stata esclusa?

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Perché dal Cielo sono stata esclusa?
Era forse troppo forte il mio canto?
Posso anche cantare in tono "Minore"
Timida come un uccellino.

Non volessero gli Angeli farmi riprovare
solo - una volta - ancora
Vedi tu - cosa può aver loro dato fastidio -
ma - la porta - lasciala socchiusa.

Oh - se fossi io il signore
nella sua veste candida
e quelli - con la piccola mano - a bussare -
potrei - forse - lasciarli fuori?

Perché dal Cielo sono stata esclusa?
Era forse troppo forte il mio canto?

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