Thank you to all the generous supporters who helped us raise $15,792 for our site-renewal project! We can't wait for you to see what we're building! Your ongoing donations are essential for The LiederNet Archive to continue in its mission of providing this unique resource to the world, so if you didn't get a chance to contribute during the overhaul drive, your help in any amount is still valuable.

The LiederNet Archive

Much of our material is not in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
Printing texts or translations without the name of the author or translator is also illegal.
You must use the copyright symbol © when you reprint copyright-protected material.

For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
Please read the instructions below the translations before writing!
In your e-mail, always include the names of the translators if you wish to reprint something.

A woman's face with nature's own hand...

Language: English

A woman's face with nature's own hand painted,
Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion;
A woman's gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women's fashion:
An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;
A man in hue all hues in his controlling,
Which steals men's eyes and women's souls amazeth.
And for a woman wert thou first created;
Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,
And by addition me of thee defeated,
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.
  But since she prick'd thee out for women's pleasure,
  Mine be thy love and thy love's use their treasure.


Translation(s): FRE FRE ITA

List of language codes

About the headline (FAQ)

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Authorship


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):


Text added to the website: 2007-10-12 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:44

Line count: 14
Word count: 114

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Viso di donna, che Natura stessa ha dipinto

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Viso di donna, che Natura stessa ha dipinto,
possiedi tu, Sire e Signora della mia passione,
cuore gentile di donna, ma che non segue l'istinto
dell'incostanza, che delle false donne è costume:
e sguardo più del loro vivo, al falso meno incline,
che fa apparire d'oro l'oggetto su cui indugia;
uomo all'aspetto, che supera tutte le forme umane,
che agli uomini lo sguardo, e l'anima alla donna ruba.
Tu come donna fosti in principio creato;
Ma poi Natura, creandoti, di te vaga si fece
e, con un tocco in più, fosti a me rubato
perché ti aggiunse strumento che ai miei fini non piace.
Ma poiché eretto ti fece per far le donne godere,
sia di quelle il piacere, ma mio rimanga il tuo amore. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: The material directly above is protected by copyright and appears here by special permission. If you wish to copy it and distribute it, you must obtain permission or you will be breaking the law. Once you have permission, you must give credit to the author and display the copyright symbol ©. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense under international law.

Authorship

  • Translation from English to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2012 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (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.

    Contact:

    licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
    (licenses at lieder dot net)



Based on

 

Text added to the website: 2012-02-11 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:46

Line count: 14
Word count: 125