by Antonio Rubino (1880 - 1964)
Translation © by Joshua Breitzer

Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
Acqua, e tu ancora sul tuo flauto lene
Intonami un tuo canto variolungo,
Di cui le note abbian l'odor del fungo,
Del musco e dell'esiguo capelvenere,
Sì che per tutte le sottili vene,
Onde irrighi la fresca solitudine,
Il tuo riscintillio rida e sublùdii
Al gemmar delle musiche serene.
Acqua, e, lungh'essi i calami volubili
Movendo in gioco le cerulee dita,
Avvicenda più lunghe ombre alle luci,
Tu che con modi labii deduci
Sulla mia fronte intenta e sulla vita
Del verde fuggitive ombre di nubi.


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

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

  • ENG English (Joshua Breitzer) , title 1: "Water", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Eau", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Wasser", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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Word count: 86

Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Water, once again your mellow flute
Plays to me your varying song,
Whose notes seem like the smell of mushrooms,
Of moss and of sleek, silken maiden-hair,
So that along all the tiny streams
That refresh the lonely places,
Your sparkling presence laughs and ripples
With the jewels of serene music.
Water, while along your banks the whispering reeds
Playfully wiggle their blue fingers,
Flickering longer shadows in the light,
You wind your fleeting way, seeing
On my brooding forehead and on each of the leaves
The passing shadows of clouds.


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Text added to the website: 2004-11-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:10
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Word count: 91