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Io qui vagando

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Io qui vagando al limitare intorno,
Invan la pioggia invoco e la tempesta,
Acciò che la ritenga al mio soggiorno.

Pure il vento muggìa nella foresta,
E muggìa fra le nubi il tuono errante,
Pria che l'aurora in ciel fosse ridesta.

O care nubi, o cielo, o terra, o piante,
Parte, parte la donna mia: pietà, pietà se trova
Pietà nel mondo un infelice amante.

O turbine, or ti sveglia, or fate prova
Di sommergermi, o nembi, insino a tanto
Che il sole ad altre terre il dì rinnova.

S'apre il ciel, cade il soffio, in ogni canto
Posan l'erbe e le frondi, e m'abbarbaglia
Le luci il crude Sol pregne di pianto.

Translation(s): ENG

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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):

  • ENG English (Allen Shearer) , title 1: "Wandering around", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:38
Line count: 15
Word count: 113

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Wandering around

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Wandering around the threshold here,
in vain do I invoke the rain and storm
that they might keep my lady captive,

for the wind had howled in the forest
and thunder roved bellowing through the clouds
before dawn rose in the sky.

O dear clouds! O sky! O earth! O trees,
my lady departs! Have mercy, if ever
a hapless lover finds mercy in the world.

Whirlwinds, now awaken, try
to submerge me, squalls, until
the sun renews the day in other lands.

The sky opens, the wind subsides, all around
the grass and leaves are motionless, 
and my tear-filled eyes are blinded by the cruel Sun.

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  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2010 by Allen Shearer, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2010-10-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:04
Line count: 15
Word count: 107