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Oh! se tu fossi meco Sulla barchetta bruna, Che al raggio della luna Vedi pel mar fuggir! Oh! se tu fossi meco, Ti rapirei, mio Bene, Alle infelici arene Dove dobbiam languir. Soli [per l'ampio]1 seno Dell'Oceán [dormente]2, Soli del ciel tacente Sotto l'immenso vel, Libero pianto almeno Sparger potremmo [uniti]3, [Lamenti non traditi Da testimon crudel]4. E in rammentar gli orrori Di questa vita oscura, La tua, la mia sventura, Ed il commun soffrir; Stancati vïatori, Noi chiederemmo al mare, O porto per posare, O abisso per morir.
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Confirmed with Liriche del Cavalier Felice Romani, Volume 2, Napoli, Tipografia di Francesco Saverio Tornese, 1858, page 37.1 Glinka, Hiller: "sull'ampio"
2 Glinka: "gemente"
3 Glinka: "lamenti"
4 Hiller: "lamenti non uditi/ da testimon crudel,/ non traditi"
- by Felice Romani (1788 - 1865), "Il desiderio", subtitle: "Romanza II", written 1824 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804 - 1857), "Il desiderio" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ferdinand von Hiller (1811 - 1885), "Il desiderio", op. 23 no. 6, published 1843 [ voice and piano ], from Sei pezzi per canto = Sechs Gesänge für eine Signstimme, no. 6, Milan: Ricordi / Berlin & Paris: Schlesinger, also set in German (Deutsch) [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846 - 1916), "Ti rapirei!", 1873, published 1873 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Johann Christoph Grünbaum (1785 - 1870) ; composed by Ferdinand von Hiller.
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- ENG English (Anne Evans) , "Desire", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Oh, if only you were with me on the dark boat so you could see the rays of the moon slipping away over the sea! Ah, if you were with me I would kidnap you, my darling and take you from the unhappy places where we might languish. Alone on the wide ranging bosom of the moaning ocean, alone under the immense veil of the silent sky. Free ... at least I can cry, scattering and carrying our laments, laments not giving away a cruel Fate. And recalling the horrors of this dark life, your misfortune and mine ... and our mutual suffering ... Like tired travellers, we would ask the sea or harbour to lay us down in the abyss to die.
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- a text in Italian (Italiano) by Felice Romani (1788 - 1865), "Il desiderio", subtitle: "Romanza II", written 1824
This text was added to the website: 2006-12-07
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Word count: 123