by Leopoldo Tarantini (1811 - 1882)
Translation © by John Glenn Paton

Il barcaiuolo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Voga, voga, il vento tace,
pura è l'onda, il ciel sereno,
solo un alito di pace
par che allegri e cielo e mar:
voga, voga, o marinar.

Or che tutto a noi sorride,
in sí tenero momento,
all'ebrezza del contento
voglio l'alma abbandonar.
Voga, voga, o marinar.

Chè se infiera la tempesta,
ambedue ne tragge a morte,
sarà lieta la mia sorte
al tuo fianco vuò spirar [sí].
Voga, voga, o marinar.


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  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "The boatman", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The boatman
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Row, row, the wind has died,
the water is pure, the sky bright,
only a breath of peace
seems to cheer both sky and sea.
Row, row, sailor.

Now that everything smiles upon us,
in such a tender moment,
to the exhilaration of happiness
I want to abandon my soul.
Row, row, sailor.

Because if a storm should rage
and carry us both to our death,
it will be my happy fate
to die at your side.
Row, row, sailor.


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Word count: 80