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Heinrich Heine – Passa la nave mia / With black sails

Giorgio Belloni (1861-1944), Full Moon on the Sea With sails all black my ship sails on far over the raging sea; thou know’st full well how sad am I, and yet tormentest me. Thy heart is faithless as the wind, and flutters ceaselessly; with sails all black my ship sails on far over the raging …

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Heinrich Heine – Crepuscolo / Twilight

William Adolphe Bouguereau, The Wave, 1896 On the wan sea-strandlonely I lay, and in sorrowful brooding.The sun sank lower and lower, and flunghis red rays, glowing, on the water,and I watched the far white billows,in the grip of the flood,foaming and roaring, nigher and nigher… Sulla pallida spiaggia giacevo,solitario dai tristi pensieri.Declinava al tramonto nel …

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Diane Wakoski – Il padre del mio paese / The Father of My Country

Thomas Alexander Ferguson Graham, Alone in London, 1904 My father was not in the telephone bookin my city;my father was not sleeping with my motherat home;my father did not care if I studied thepiano;my father did not care whatI did;and I thought my father was handsome and I loved him and I wonderedwhyhe left me …

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Bernard de Ventadorn – Quando erba nuova e nuova foglia appare / When tender grass and leaves appear

Correggio, Venus and Cupid with a Satyr, c. 1528 If I could find her all alone,sleeping or playing so for fun, I’d steal the sweetest kiss I’ve known –I lack the worth to ask for one. Lady, by God, lady, our love’s getting nowhere;time flies away while we lose the best sharewe must speak only with …

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