Fragments of an unfinished drama
He came like a dream in the dawn of life,
He fled like a shadow before its noon;
He is gone, and my peace is turned to strife,
And I wander and wane like the weary moon.
O, sweet Echo, wake,
And for my sake
Make answer the while my heart shall break!
But my heart has a music which Echo's lips,
Though tender and true, yet can answer not,
And the shadow that moves in the soul's eclipse
Can return not the kiss by his now forgot;
Sweet lips! he who hath
On my desolate path
Cast the darkness of absence, worse than death!
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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):
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Frammenti di un dramma incompiuto", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Text added to the website: 2005-01-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
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Word count: 105
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Frammenti di un dramma incompiuto
Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English
Venne come un sogno all'alba della vita
Si dileguò come un'ombra prima del meriggio;
E' andato via, e la mia pace si è fatta tormento
Ed io declino come luna al tramonto.
O, dolce Eco, destati
e per amor mio
dai una risposta al cuore mio che si spezza!
Ma il mio cuore ha una musica cui le labbra di Eco,
pure se dolci e sincere, non possono dare risposta,
e l'ombra che si muove nell'eclissi dell'anima
non può restituire il bacio ormai dimenticato;
Dolci labbra! Egli ha gettato,
sul mio cammino desolato,
il buio dell'assenza, della morte peggiore!
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- a text in English by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822), from "Fragments of an Unfinished Drama"
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Frank Austin. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2013-03-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:09
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Word count: 99