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Pace non trovo, et non ò da far guerra

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Pace non trovo, et non ò da far guerra;
e temo, et spero; et ardo, et son un ghiaccio;
et volo sopra 'l cielo, et giaccio in terra;
et nulla stringo, et tutto 'l mondo abbraccio.

Tal m'à in pregion, che non m'apre né serra,
né per suo mi riten né scioglie il laccio;
et non m'ancide Amore, et non mi sferra,
né mi vuol vivo, né mi trae d'impaccio.

Veggio senza occhi, et non ò lingua et grido;
et bramo di perir, et cheggio aita;
et ò in odio me stesso, et amo altrui.

Pascomi di dolor, piangendo rido;
egualmente mi spiace morte et vita:
in questo stato son, donna, per voi.



Translation(s): ENG GER SPA GER FRE ENG

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Note: Liszt's second version is erroneously listed as Sonnet 104. Liszt and Rheinberger use modernized spellings (e.g., "ò" in the first line becomes "ho" ; "et" becomes "e"). Below is the text from Liszt's first version, Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1917. It is also used by Rheinberger:

Pace non trovo, e non ho da far guerra,
E temo, e spero, ed ardo, e son un ghiaccio:
E volo sopra 'l cielo, e giaccio in terra;
E nulla stringo, e [tutto 'l]1 mondo abbraccio.

Tal m'ha in priggion, che non m'apre, nè serra,
Nè per suo mi ritien, nè scioglie il laccio
E non m'ancide Amor, e non mi sferra;
Nè mi vuol vivo, nè mi trahe d'impaccio.

Veggio senz'occhi; e non ho lingua e grido;
E bramo di perir, e [cheggio]2 aita;
Ed ho in odio me stesso, ed amo altrui.

Pascomi di dolor, [piangendo rido]3,
Egualmente mi spiace morte e vita,
In questo stato son, Donna, per Voi.4
1 in Liszt's 2nd version (checked with the score published in 1922 by Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig), this is "tutto il"
2 in Liszt's 2nd version, this is "chiegio"
3 in Liszt's 2nd version, this is "piangendo io rido"
4 in the repetition of this line in Liszt's first version, he names the lady: "In questo stato son per Voi, O Laura, per Voi."

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) , title unknown ENG FRE SPA Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Fanny (Franziska) von Hoffnaaß, née Jägerhuber (1831 - 1892) , title unknown ENG FRE SPA
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Lionel Salter) , title 1: "I find no peace", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , title 1: "No encuentro paz", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Francisque Reynard) , title 1: "Sonnet LXXXIX"
    * ENG English (Thomas Wyatt, Sir) , title 1: "I find no peace" [an adaptation]

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