by Felice Romani (1788 - 1865)
Translation © by Camilla Bugge

La lontananza
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Or ch'io sono a te rapita,
Or che tolto a me tu sei,
Con le spine di mia vita
Gli altrui fior non cangerei.

 Se a soffrir è solo un core,
 Quel soffrir si fa dolore,
 Caro amore, caro amor!


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Camilla Bugge) , "The distance", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 7
Word count: 40

The distance
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Now that I am taken from you,
now that you are stolen from me,
I wouldn't change the thorns of my life
for another man's flowers.

If a heart is alone in suffering,
that suffering turns into pain,
dear beloved, dearest love!


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This text was added to the website: 2004-10-02
Line count: 7
Word count: 42