by Enrico Panzacchi (1840 - 1904)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

L'ombra di Carmen
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Or che son morta te lo posso dire
Perché t'ho fatto un dì tanto soffrire.
Son l'ombra di Carmen.
T'appressa a me, o don Josè.

Sospinta da crudel cura inquieta
Ho corso vagabonda e senza meta.
L'anima gonfia del sogno d'amore
E vuoto il core, o don Josè...

E il sangue del mio cor tutto immolato
A quell'idolo oscuro ed implacato.
Sempre pensosa dei diletti arcani
Dell'indomani... dell'indomani...

La verità d'amor non l'ho capita
Che nell'ultimo istante di mia vita.
Nel colpo di coltel ch'ebbi da te,
T'appressa a me, o don Josè.


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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The Ghost of Carmen", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2017-04-22
Line count: 16
Word count: 93

The Ghost of Carmen
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Now that I am dead, I can tell you
why I made you suffer so that fateful day.
I am Carmen's ghost.
Come closer to me, Don José.

Suspended by cruel, nagging anxiety,
I have run aimlessly about, a vagrant.
My soul swells up with dreams of love.
My heart is empty, o Don José.

And the blood in my heart, all sacrificed
to that implacable and enigmatic idol,
always thinking upon the mysterious delights
of the next day... and the next...

I did not understand the truth about love
until my dying breath
'neath the knife-blow I received at your hands...
Come closer, Don José.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-29
Line count: 16
Word count: 106