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Lord Byron – Non c’è figlia della bellezza / There be none of Beauty’s daughters

Michael Richard Putz, Orpheus and Eurydice, 1868 There be none of Beauty’s daughterswith a magic like Thee;and like music on the watersis thy sweet voice to me:when, as if its sound were causingthe charmed ocean’s pausing,the waves lie still and gleaming,and the lull’d winds seem dreaming:and the midnight moon is weavingher bright chain o’er the …

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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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Giambattista Marino – Onde dorate / Golden waves

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Venus Anadyomene, c. 1848 Golden waves – and those waves were hair – were one day ploughed by a little ship of ivory. A hand, also of ivory, held the ship as it sailed, preciously errant, here and there.And as it divided the quivering and beautiful billowswith the straightest of furrows,Amor gathered up the gold of those …

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