A lily-girl, not made for this world's pain, With brown, soft hair close braided by her ears, And longing eyes half veiled by slumberous tears Like bluest water seen through mists of rain: Pale cheeks whereon no love hath left its stain, Red underlip drawn in for fear of love, And white throat, whiter than the silvered dove, Through whose wan marble creeps one purple vein. Yet, though my lips shall praise her without cease, Even to kiss her feet I am not bold, Being o'ershadowed by the wings of awe. Like Dante, when he stood with Beatrice Beneath the flaming Lion's breast, and saw The seventh Crystal, and the Stair of Gold.
- by Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), "Madonna mia", from Poems, first published 1881 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Charles Trowbridge Haubiel (1892 - 1978), "Madonna Mia", published 1937 [SSAA chorus and 2 pianos (or orchestra, or orchestra with harp)], from L'amore spiritual [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE ; composed by Erwin Schulhoff.
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