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by Andrea Maffei (1798 - 1885)

Amo l' ora del giorno che muore
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER
Amo l' ora del giorno che muore
Quando il sole già stanco declina,
E nell'onde di queta marina
Veggo il raggio supremo languir.

In quell' ora mi torna nel core
Un' età più felice di questa,
In quell' ora dolcissima e mesta
Volgo a te, cara donna, il sospir.

L' occhio immoto ed immoto il pensiero,
Io contemplo la striscia lucente
Che mi vien dal sereno occidente
La quïete solcando del mar.

E desio di quell' aureo sentiero
[Avviarmi]1 sull' orma infinita
Quasi debba la [trista]2 mia vita
Ad un porto di pace guidar.

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Confirmed with Opere di Andrea Maffei. Liriche, Firenze (Florence), Felice le Monnier, 1864, page 321.

1 Verdi: "Ravviarmi"
2 Verdi: "stanca"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT FRE ; composed by Giuseppe Verdi.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Sol ponent", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le coucher du soleil", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Abend", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 94