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Ferir quel petto, Silvio?

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ferir quel petto, Silvio?
Non bisognava agli occhi miei scovrirlo,
s'avevi pur desio ch'io tel ferissi.
O bellissimo scoglio,
già da l'onda e dal vento
de le lagrime mie, de' miei sospiri
sí spesso invan percosso,
è pur ver che tu spiri
e che senti pietate? o pur m'inganno?
Ma sii tu pure o petto molle o marmo,
già non vo' che m'inganni
d'un candido alabastro il bel sembiante,
come quel d'una fèra
oggi ingannato ha il tuo signore e mio.
Ferir io te? te pur ferisca Amore,
ché vendetta maggiore
non so bramar che di vederti amante.
Sia benedetto il dí che da prim'arsi!
benedette le lagrime e i martíri!
di voi lodar, non vendicar, mi voglio.

Translation(s): FRE SPA

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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: "Frapper ce sein, Silvio ?", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Pablo Sotelo) , title 1: "¿Herir ese pecho, Silvio?", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:31
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Word count: 118

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Frapper ce sein, Silvio ?

Language: French (Français) after the Italian (Italiano)

Frapper ce sein, Silvio ?
Ce n'était pas nécessaire de l'ouvrir à mes yeux
si tu avais le désir que je le frappe.
Ô récif si beau,
par l'onde et le vent
de mes larmes , de mes soupirs,
si souvent en vain frappé,
est-il vrai que tu éprouves
et que tu ressentes de le pitié ? Ou je me trompe ?
Mais si ton cœur est tendre ou de marbre,
désormais je ne veux pas que me trompe
la belle apparence d'un albâtre d'un blanc pur,
comme celle d'une bête sauvage
a trompé aujourd'hui ton maître et le mien.
Te frapper ? Plutôt que l'amour te frappe,
une vengeance plus grande,
je ne désire pas que de te voir aimer.
Que soit béni le jour de mon premier embrasement !
Que mes larmes et mon martyre soient bénis !
Je veux vous louer non me venger de vous.

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