by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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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This text was added to the website: 2008-12-10
Line count: 9
Word count: 72

Non abbiate paura: l'isola è piena di...
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Non abbiate paura: l'isola è piena di rumori,
di suoni e dolci canti, che donano piacere e non fanno male.
Talvolta mille vibranti strumenti
mi risuonano nelle orecchie; altre volte odo voci,
che, anche se mi sono appena svegliato dopo un lungo sonno,
mi fanno riaddormentare: e allora, in sogno,
sembra diradarsi ogni nuvola e ogni più bella cosa
mi appare pronta a discendere su di me; così che, svegliandomi,
imploro di sognare ancora.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-09-19
Line count: 9
Word count: 74