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Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts

Language: English

Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts,
Which I by lacking have supposed dead;
And there reigns Love, and all Love's loving parts,
And all those friends which I thought buried.
How many a holy and obsequious tear
Hath dear religious love stol'n from mine eye,
As interest of the dead, which now appear
But things remov'd that hidden in thee lie!
Thou art the grave where buried love doth live,
Hung with the trophies of my lovers gone,
Who all their parts of me to thee did give,
That due of many now is thine alone:
      Their images I lov'd, I view in thee,
      And thou -- all they -- hast all the all of me.

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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)

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Text added to the website: 2009-10-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:24
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Word count: 115

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Il tuo cuore è a me caro per ogni altro cuore

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Il tuo cuore è a me caro per ogni altro cuore
che, mancandomi ormai, già tenevo per morto;
e lì Amore regna, con tutti i doni d'Amore,
insieme con ogni mio amico che  credevo sepolto.
Furono molte le lacrime, devote e sincere,
che la dolce religione d'amore ai miei occhi ha rapito,
tributo a ogni caro morto, che ora mi appare
come un bene perduto che  giace in te custodito! 
Tu sei la tomba dove, pur se sepolto, Amore vive,
reso più bello da ogni mio amico perduto,
che, quanto ebbe da me, a te adesso ha donato,
sì che, quanto fu di molti, solo la tua persona riceve.
L'immagine di quanti ho amato ora in te solo rimiro
E tutto di me ormai possiedi tu - che sei tutti loro -.

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Text added to the website: 2012-07-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:58
Line count: 14
Word count: 132