by Sebastiano Biancardi (1679 - 1741), as Domenico Lalli
Translation © by Philippe Lebourg

Un certo non so che
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE SPA
Un certo non so che
Mi giunge e passa il cor,
E pur dolor, non è.

Se questo fosse amor?
Nel suo vorace ardor,
Già posi incauta,
Posi il piè!


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

  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) (Lorenzo Prelli) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Philippe Lebourg) , "Un certain je-ne-sais-quoi", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Diego S. Loyola) , "Un cierto no sé qué", copyright © 2003, (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: 7
Word count: 30

Un certain je‑ne‑sais‑quoi
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Un certain je-ne-sais-quoi
M'arrive et me traverse le cœur
Et pourtant ce n'est pas douloureux
Si c'était l'amour, cela?
Dans son ardeur vorace,
Imprudent, j'ai déjà posé...
J'ai déjà posé le pied!


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This text was added to the website: 2011-12-21
Line count: 7
Word count: 32