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Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare

Language: Italian

Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare
La donna mia quand'ella altrui saluta,
Ch'ogni lingua divien tremando muta
E gli occhi non ardiscon di guardare.

Ella sen va, sentendosi laudare
[Benignamente d'umilta']1 vestuta,
E par che sia una cosa venuta
Di cielo in terra a miracol mostrare.

Mostrasi si' piacente a chi la mira,
Che da' per gli occhi una dolcezza al core,
Che intender non la puo' chi non la prova.

E par che della sua labbia si muova
Uno spirto soave e pien d'amore,
Che va dicendo all'anima: sospira!

Translation(s): GER

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1 Rubinstein: "Umilemente d'onesto"

Submitted by Barbara Miller


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Set in German, a translation possibly by Adolf Wilhelm Ernst von Winterfeld (1824 - 1888) and possibly by N. Roda [text unavailable]
    * by Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein (1829 - 1894) , "Mit meinem Mädchen kann sich keine messen", op. 83 (Zehn Lieder aus dem Französischen, Italienischen und Englischen übersetzt von N. Roda und A. v. Winterfeld für eine Singstimme mit Begleitung des Pianoforte) no. 5. [voice and piano], also set in Italian

Text added to the website: 2005-06-01.

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