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La Notte, che tu vedi in sì dolci atti

Language: Italian (Italiano)

 La Notte, che tu vedi in sì dolci atti
 dormir, fu da un angelo scolpita
 in questo sasso, e perchè dorme ha vita:
 Destala, se nol credi, e parleratti.

 Caro m' è 'l sonno, e più l'esser di sasso,
 mentre che 'l danno e la vergogna dura:
 Non veder, non sentir, m' è gran ventura;
 però non mi destar, deh! parla basso.

Translation(s): GER FRE RUS ENG

Note: the first stanza is by G. Strozzi; the second stanza is Michelangelo's reply.

Submitted by Caroline Diehl


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 Russian (Русский), a translation by Abram Efros (1888 - 1954) , title unknown ENG GER FRE Set in English, a translation by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909) , title 1: "Night", from Poems and Ballads, Third Series, published 1889 RUS GER FRE
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * GER German (Deutsch) (Sophie Hasenclever) , no title, from Michelangelo: Gedichte und Briefe, published 1907
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Nuit", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: French (Français)

 Quelle nuit, que nous voyons ici dormir,
 c'est sûrement un ange qui la sculpta.
 Bien qu'en pierre, elle est pourtant vivante,
 Réveille-la, elle t'adressera la parole.

 J'aime le sommeil, et encore plus d'être de pierre,
 quand l'ignominie et la destruction règnent tout autour,
 c'est un bonheur de ni voir ni entendre,
 aussi doucement, l'ami, laisse-moi dormir.

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    * Translation from Italian (Italiano) to French (Français) copyright © 2008 by Guy Laffaille <guy_laffaille (AT) orange (DOT) fr>, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol ©

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Text added to the website: 2008-08-27.