by Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Translation by Luca Antonio Pagnini (1737 - 1814)

By Music, minds an equal temper know
Language: English 
By Music, minds an equal temper know,
  Nor swell too high, nor sink too low.
  If in the breast tumultuous joys arise,
  Music her soft, assuasive voice applies;
    Or, when the soul is press'd with cares,
    Exalts her in enlivening airs.
  Warriors she fires with animated sounds;
  Pours balm into the bleeding lover's wounds;
      Melancholy lifts her head,
      Morpheus rouses from his bed,
      Sloth unfolds her arms and wakes,
      Listening Envy drops her snakes;
  Intestine war no more our passions wage,
  And giddy factions hear away their rage.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-09-04
Line count: 14
Word count: 88

Da lei le giuste tempre un’alma impara
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Da lei le giuste tempre un’alma impara;
Nè tropp’alto trasvola o in giù trabocca.
Se procellosa gioja in petto ferve,
Con molli note l’Armonia l’acqueta;
O se da cure oppresso è il cor, su l’ali
De’ numeri vivaci al suol l’invola.
Ella i guerrier con gli animosi accenti
Empie di foco e alle sanguinee piaghe
De’ miseri amator balsamo infonde.
Tristezza il capo alle sue leggi estolle;
Morfeo dal letto in piè si slancia; Ignavia
Apre le braccia e i sonnacchiosi lumi;
Livore in atto d’ascoltare ir lascia
Per terra gli angui; da’ rubelli affetti
Non più rompono guerre; ogni empia setta
Vertiginosa il furor il cieco obblia.

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Confirmed with Collezione d'opuscoli scientifici e letterarj ed estratti d'opere interessanti, Volume IV, Firenze, Stamperia di Borgo Ognissanti, 1807.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-31
Line count: 16
Word count: 108