by Andrea Maffei (1798 - 1885)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Ad una stella
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER GER
Bell'astro della terra, 
Luce amorosa e bella,
Come desia quest'anima
Oppressa e prigioniera
Le sue catene infrangere,
Libera a te volar!

Gl'ignoti abitatori
Che mi nascondi, o stella,
Cogl'angeli s'abbracciano
Puri fraterni amori,
Fan d'armonie cogl'angeli
La spera1 tua sonar.

Le colpe e i nostri affanni
Vi sono a lor segreti,
Inavvertiti e placidi 
Scorrono i giorni e gli anni,
Nè mai pensier li novera,
Nè li richiama in duol.

Bell'astro della sera,
Gemma che il cielo allieti,
Come alzerà quest'anima
Oppressa e prigioniera
Dal suo terreno carcere
Al tuo bel raggio il vol!

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1 note: some publications and online sources have modernized this word to "sfera". As of June 13 2015, we found 3 out of 4 published books indexed by Google used the spelling "spera".

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT FRE ; composed by Giuseppe Verdi.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A una estrella", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À une étoile", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Julia Hamann) , "An einem Stern", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Einem Stern", copyright © 2015, (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: 24
Word count: 94

A una estrella
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Bell astre de la terra,
llum amorosa i bella,
com desitja aquesta ànima
oprimida i presonera
trencar ses cadenes
i, lliure, volar cap a tu!

Els inconeguts habitants
que m'amagues, oh estrella,
s'abracen als àngels
amb amor purament fraternal,
fan, d'harmonia amb els àngels,
sonar la teva esfera.

Els nostres afanys i culpes
són per a ells secrets,
desapercebuts i plàcids
passen els dies i els anys,
sense que cap pensament els numeri
ni els recordi amb tristor.

Bell astre del vespre,
gemma que el cel alegres,
com aixecarà aquesta ànima
oprimida i presonera,
de la seva terrenal presó,
cap al teu bell raig, el vol!

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  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2013 by Salvador Pila, (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.
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This text was added to the website: 2013-05-30
Line count: 24
Word count: 106