by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Dolcissimo uscignolo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Dolcissimo uscignolo,
tu chiami la tua cara compagnia
cantando: »Vieni, vieni, anima mia«.
A me canto non vale,
e non ho come tu da volar ale.
O felice augelletto,
come nel tuo diletto
ti ricompensa ben l'alma natura:
se ti negò saver, ti diè ventura.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Très doux rossignol", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-05
Line count: 9
Word count: 45

Très doux rossignol
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Très doux rossignol,
tu appelles ta chère compagne
en chantant : « Viens, viens, mon âme ».
Pour moi le chant n'as pas de valeur,
et je n'ai pas comme des ailes pour voler.
Ô heureux petit oiseau,
comme dans ton plaisir
la mère nature te récompense :
elle te refuse le savoir, elle te donne la bonne fortune.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-02-03
Line count: 9
Word count: 59