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O s'apre al riso, o parla, o tace, ha un non so che, il tuo bel viso, che troppo piace, caro, al mio cor. Il primo sguardo, che in voi fissai provar mi fe' vezzosi rai, quanto è col dardo possente Amor.
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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)
- by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759), "O s'apre al riso", HWV 34 (1735), first performed 1735, from opera Alcina, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Whether your smile opens it", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2019-11-17
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Word count: 42
Whether your smile opens it, whether it speaks, or is silent, your beautiful countenance has something, I know not what, which only too greatly pleases my heart, my dear. The first glance that I ever fixed upon you exposed me to the most charming rays, as powerful as Cupid when he aims his darts.
- Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2019 by Andrew Schneider, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2019-11-19
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Word count: 54