by Carmelo Errico (1848 - 1892)
Translation © by John Glenn Paton

Ideale
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER SPA
Io ti seguii come iride di pace
Lungo le vie del cielo:
Io ti seguii come un'amica face
De la notte nel velo.
E ti sentii ne la luce, ne l'aria,
Nel profumo dei fiori;
E fu piena la stanza solitaria
Di te, dei tuoi splendori.

In te rapito, al suon de la tua voce,
Lungamente sognai;
E de la terra ogni affanno, ogni croce,
In quel [sogno]1 scordai.
Torna, caro ideal, torna un istante
A sorridermi ancora,
E a me risplenderà, nel tuo sembiante,
Una novella aurora.

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1 Tosti: "giorno" (verified by G. Miscia at the Istituto Nazionale Tostiano in Ortona, Italy, as being in the original score; with thanks to John Byrne for inquiring)

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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 (John Glenn Paton) , "Ideal", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Harrison Millard)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Idéal", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Ideal", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Danilo Serrano) , "Ideal", copyright © 2011, (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: 16
Word count: 88

Ideal
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
 I followed you like a rainbow of peace
 along the paths of heaven;
 I followed you like a friendly torch
 in the veil of darkness,
 and I sensed you in the light, in the air,
 in the perfume of flowers,
 and the solitary room was full
 of you and of your radiance.
 
 Absorbed by you, I dreamed a long time
 of the sound of your voice,
 and earth's every anxiety, every torment
 I forgot in that dream.
 Come back, dear ideal, for an instant
 to smile at me again,
 and in your face will shine for me
 a new dawn.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 101