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The other two, slight air, and purging...

Language: English

The other two, slight air, and purging fire
Are both with thee, wherever I abide;
The first my thought, the other my desire,
These present-absent with swift motion slide.
For when these quicker elements are gone
In tender embassy of love to thee,
My life, being made of four, with two alone
Sinks down to death, oppress'd with melancholy;
Until life's composition be recur'd
By those swift messengers return'd from thee,
Who even but now come back again, assur'd,
Of thy fair health, recounting it to me:
      This told, I joy; but then no longer glad,
      I send them back again, and straight grow sad.

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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: 2010-08-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:47
Line count: 14
Word count: 105

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Sonetto XLV

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Gli altri due elementi, lieve aria e fuoco depurante,
ti accompagnano entrambi, ovunque io stia a dimorare;
mio pensiero la prima, l'altro mio desiderio ardente,
presenti e assenti a un tempo, in veloce mutare.
E quando, più veloci, questi mi hanno abbandonato,
e, teneri messaggeri d'amore, ti fanno corte,
I miei quattro elementi, da cui sono formato,
restano in due e, da malinconia oppresso, affondo nella morte;
Fino a che l'armonia vitale si va ricomponendo
quando da te i messaggeri fanno ritorno,
che proprio ora mi stanno assicurando
del tuo felice stato, e me ne fanno racconto:
    Io, udito questo, mi colmo di gioia; ma non per troppo tempo
    ché li rimando da te, e triste ridivento.

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Text added to the website: 2013-09-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:20
Line count: 14
Word count: 117