by Giovanni Guidiccioni (1480 - 1541) and sometimes misattributed to Alfonso d'Avalos d'Aquino, 4th Marchese di Pescara e del Vasto (1502 - 1546)
Translation © by Tinelot Wittermans

Il bianco e dolce cigno
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG
Il bianco e dolce cigno 
cantando more, ed io 
piangendo, giung' al fin del viver mio.
Stran' e diversa sorte, 
ch'ei more sconsolato,
Ed io moro beato. 
Morte che nel morire
M'empie di gioia tutt' e di desire;
Se nel morir' altro dolor non sento,
Di mille mort' il di sarei contendo.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Tinelot Wittermans) , "De witte en lieflijke zwaan", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Tinelot Wittermans) , "The white and lovely swan", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Anton Gatscha) , "Der weiße, stille Schwan"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 52

The white and lovely swan
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The white and lovely swan 
dies singing, and crying 
I reach the end of my life.
Strange is it 
that the swan dies without comfort
And that I die joyfully. 
A death that fulfills me
With happiness and longing
Because I don't feel other misery (when I die)
I would be happy to die a thousand deaths a day.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 59