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Prospero's Vision

Language: English

You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, sir.
[Our revels now are ended.]1 These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex'd;
[Bear with my weakness; my, brain is troubled:
Be not disturb'd with my infirmity:
If you be pleased, retire into my cell
And there repose:]1 a turn or two I'll walk,
To still my beating mind.

Translation(s): FRE ITA

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Il volto tuo

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Il volto tuo,
Figlio, mi svela il tuo terror. Finiti
Ecco i nostri diporti; e le apparenze
Che li eseguìr non son, come ti dissi,
Altro che Spirti, e dileguàr d’un tratto. ―
Come il vuoto edificio e senza base
Di questa visïon nell’aer lieve
Sparì, così le torri, a cui la cima
Talor velan le nubi, i mäestosi
Palagi, i templi venerandi e tutto
L’orbe terreno e ciò che in lui s’accoglie,
Quando che sia dileguerà, nè traccia
Lascierà dietro a sè più che non v’abbia
Quest’aereo spettacolo lasciata.
Della vacua sustanza, o buon Fernando,
Onde i sogni son fatti, è l’uom composto,
Ed involta nel sonno è la fugace
Nostra esistenza. ― Afflitto io son. Perdona!
La fralezza mi vince, ed è l’antica
Mia mente oppressa; tuttavia di questo
Non ti accorar: durevole malore
Non è. Va’ nella grotta, e ti riposa.
Muterò per l’aperto alcuni passi,
E spero ridonar la consueta
Calma al mio core.

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