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by Felice Romani (1788 - 1865)

Se tranquillo a te d'accanto
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER
Se tranquillo a te d'accanto,
  Donna mia, talun mi vede,
  O felice appien mi crede,
  O guarito dall'amor:

Ma non tu, che sai pur quanto
  Combattuto e oppresso ho il cor.

Come lago, che stagnante
  Par che dorma, e appena mova,
  Ma tempeste in fondo cova
  Sconosciute al vïator,

[Muta]2 calma ho nel sembiante,
  Ho scompiglio [in]2 fondo al cor.

Se un sospiro, se un lamento
  Il timore a me contende,
  Dell'amore che m' accende
  Non scemò l' intenso ardor;

Come lampa in monumento,
  Non veduto avvampa in cor.

E vivrà benchè represso,
  Benchè privo di conforto;
  E vivrebbe, ancor che morto
  Lo volesse il tuo rigor:

Chè alimento da sè stesso
  Prende amore in nobil cor.

O. Nicolai sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Liriche del Cavaliere Felice Romani, Torino, Tipografia dei Fratelli Favale, 1841, pages 269-270.

Note: modern spelling changes "mova" to "muova"
1 Verdi: "Ma tal"
2 Verdi: "ho in"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • 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) , "El misteri", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le mystère", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Das Geheimnis", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Robert Grady

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 117