by Andrea Maffei (1798 - 1885)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Ad una stella
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER GER
Bell'astro della terra, 
Luce amorosa e bella,
Come desia quest'anima
Oppressa e prigioniera
Le sue catene infrangere,
Libera a te volar!

Gl'ignoti abitatori
Che mi nascondi, o stella,
Cogl'angeli s'abbracciano
Puri fraterni amori,
Fan d'armonie cogl'angeli
La spera1 tua sonar.

Le colpe e i nostri affanni
Vi sono a lor segreti,
Inavvertiti e placidi 
Scorrono i giorni e gli anni,
Nè mai pensier li novera,
Nè li richiama in duol.

Bell'astro della sera,
Gemma che il cielo allieti,
Come alzerà quest'anima
Oppressa e prigioniera
Dal suo terreno carcere
Al tuo bel raggio il vol!

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1 note: some publications and online sources have modernized this word to "sfera". As of June 13 2015, we found 3 out of 4 published books indexed by Google used the spelling "spera".

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  • 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) , "A una estrella", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À une étoile", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Julia Hamann) , "An einem Stern", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Einem Stern", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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À une étoile
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Bel astre de la terre,
Lumière amoureuse et belle,
Comme cette âme désire,
Oppressée et prisonnière,
De briser ses chaînes,
D'être libre de voler vers toi !

Les habitants inconnus
Que tu me caches, ô étoile,
S'embrassent avec les anges,
Dans un pur amour fraternel,
Font d'harmonie avec les anges
Résonner ta sphère.

Nos fautes et nos soucis
Sont secrets pour eux là-bas,
Non perçus et calmes,
Les jours et les années passent,
Ne pensant jamais à les compter,
Ne s'en souvenant pas dans la douleur.

Bel astre du soir,
Gemme qui réjouis le ciel,
Si cette âme s'élevait,
Oppressée et prisonnière,
De sa prison terrestre
Vers ton beau rayon en vol !

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