by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Translation by Augusta Guidetti

The flower that smiles to‑day
Language: English 
The flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow dies;
All that we wish to stay
Tempts and then flies.
What is this world's delight?
Lightning that mocks the night,
Brief even as bright.

Virtue, how frail it is!
Friendship how rare!
Love, how it sells poor bliss
For proud despair!
[But we, though soon they fall,
Survive their joy, and all
Which ours we call.]1

Whilst skies are blue and bright, 
Whilst flowers are gay,
Whilst eyes that change ere night
Make glad the day;
Whilst yet the calm hours creep,
Dream thou -- and from thy sleep
Then wake to weep.

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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 ; composed by George John Bennett.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Augusta Guidetti ; composed by Giorgio Federico Ghedini.

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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Změna", Prague, J. Otto, first published 1901


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2005-01-24
Line count: 21
Word count: 99

Mentre azzurri splendono i cieli
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 















Mentre azzurri splendono i cieli,
Mentre i fiori sono giocondi,
Mentre gli occhi che mutano anzi sera
Fanno contento il giorno;
Mentre scorrono ore di pace, sogna...
E dal tuo sogno 
poi ridestati al pianto.

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


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-03
Line count: 7
Word count: 36