by Arrigo Enrico Boito (1842 - 1918)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Luna fedel tu chiama
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Luna fedel tu chiama
col raggio ed io col suon,
la fulgida mia dama
sul gotico veron.

E se potrò vederla
o luna, astro fatal,
Ti chiamerò la perla
dell'etra sideral.

Dirò che sei d'argento,
d'opale, d'ambra e d'or,
dirò che incanti il vento
e che innamori i fior.

Dirò ch'abbelli il verso
del biondo menestrel,
che sei lo specchio terso
degli angeli nel ciel.

Ma se veder mi niega,
o luna, astro fatal,
dirò che sei la strega
dell'ombra funeral;

Piomba, dirò nell'alvo
frenetico del mar,
teschio beffardo e calvo,
maschera da giullar!

Scudo tarlato e lercio,
fantasima del sol,
spettro paffuto e guercio
dal faticoso vol.

L. Denza sets stanzas 1-4

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Word count: 108

Faithful moon, you call
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Faithful moon, you call
With the ray and I with the sound
My shining woman
On the Gothic balcony.

And if I could see her,
Oh moon, fatal star,
I will call you the pearl
Of the starry sky.

I will say that you are of silver,
Of opal, of amber and of gold,
I will say that you charm the wind
And that you enchant the flowers.

I will say that you adorn the verse
Of the blond minstrel
That you are the clear mirror
Of the angels in heaven.1




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Translations of title(s):
"Luna fedel" = "Faithful moon"
"Ballatella" = "Ballatella"

1 Denza repeats the first stanza after the fourth stanza.


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Line count: 19
Word count: 94