by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Apri le luci, e mira
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
Apri le luci, e mira  
gli ascosi altrui martiri:
v'è chi per te sospira,
e non l'intendi ancor.

E in tacita favella
col fumo de' sospiri,
ti scopre, oh dèi! la bella
fiamma, che le arde il sen.


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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Open your eyes, and see", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2018-05-11
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

Open your eyes, and see
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Open your eyes, and see
another's hidden suffering:
you still have no idea
that someone else sighs for you.

In a silent speech,
with the smokescreen a sigh affords,
she reveals to you (Gods!) 
her dear flame which burns her heart.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 41