by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Andrea Maffei (1798 - 1885)

Be not afeard: the isle is full of...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices,
That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak'd,
I cried to [dream]1 again.

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1 Saariaho: "sleep"

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E se l’avessi
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
E se l’avessi,
Cacciala, Signor mio. L’isola è piena
Di romori, di suoni, e d’amorose
Melodie che rallegrano, e non danno
Noia ad alcun. Talvolta un fragoroso
Tuon di mille stromenti odo rombarmi
Negli orecchi: talvolta una indistinta
Consonanza di voci, a tal che desto
Da lungo sonno allor allor, mi fanno
Di novo addormentar. Ne’ sogni miei
Veggo, o veder mi pare, aprirsi il grembo
Delle nubi, e mostrarmi una gran copia
Di tesori imminenti a riversarsi
Dal ciel sul capo mio, sì che, riscosso
Da quella dolce visïon, mi sento
Gli occhi pieni di lagrime per voglia
Di risognar.

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Text added to the website: 2019-05-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-05-09 17:07:35
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Word count: 101