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John Keats – Dolci le udite melodie / Heard melodies are sweet

Harry George Theaker (1873-1954), A Song of Love Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; not to the sensual ear, but, more endear’d, pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone: fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave thy song, nor ever can those trees be …

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John Keats – Oh, se un raggio di sole / O, for some sunny spell

Oreste Pizio, Venus and Adonis crowned by Love, 1910 O, for some sunny spell  to dissipate the shadows of this hell! Say they are gone,- with the new dawning light  steps forth my lady bright! O, let me once more rest  my soul upon that dazzling breast! Let once again these aching arms be plac’d, …

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John Keats – Io ti grido pietà! Amore / I cry your mercy-pity-love!

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Beloved – The Bride, 1866 I cry your mercy—pity—love!—ay, love!Merciful love that tantalises notone-thoughted, never-wandering, guileless love,unmask’d, and being seen—without a blot!O! let me have thee whole,—all—all—be mine!That shape, that fairness, that sweet minor zestof love, your kiss,—those hands, those eyes divine,that warm, white, lucent, million-pleasured breast,—yourself—your soul—in pity give me …

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John Keats – Voglio una coppa piena sino all’orlo / Fill for me a brimming bowl

Louis Jean Francois Lagrenée, Amor and Psyche, c. 1800 Fill for me a brimming bowl And in it let me drown my soul: But put therein some drug, designed To Banish Women from my mind: For I want not the stream inspiring That fills the mind with–fond desiring, But I want as deep a draught …

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