by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio
Translation © by Thomas A. Gregg

Vanne felice rio, vanne superbo al mar!
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
Vanne felice rio, vanne superbo al mar!
Ah potess'io cangiar teco mia sorte!
Or or tu bagnerai quei vezzosetti rai
Che volgon la mia vita e la mia morte.

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Amy Pfrimmer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 4
Word count: 29

Go happy river, go proudly to the sea!
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Go happy river, go proudly to the sea!
Oh, could I change my fate with yours!
Soon you will bathe those charming eyes
That envelope my life and my death.

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Translations of titles
"Poesia" = "Poem"
"Vanne felice rio" = "Go happy river"


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This text was added to the website: 2007-11-07
Line count: 4
Word count: 30