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Gli occhi di ch' io parlai sì caldamente


Gli occhi di ch' io parlai sì caldamente Lyrics


The eyes, the face, the limbs of heavenly mould,
So long the theme of my impassion'd lay,
Charms which so stole me from myself away,
That strange to other men the course I hold;
The crispèd locks of pure and lucid gold,
The lightning of the angelic smile, whose ray
To earth could all of paradise convey,
A little dust are now!—to feeling cold!
And yet I live!—but that I live bewail,
Sunk the loved light that through the tempest led
My shatter'd bark, bereft of mast and sail:
Hush'd be for aye the song that breathed love's fire!
Lost is the theme on which my fancy fed,
And turn'd to mourning my once tuneful lyre.


The eyes, the arms, the hands, the feet, the face,
Which made my thoughts and words so warm and wild,
That I was almost from myself exiled,
And render'd strange to all the human race;
The lucid locks that curl'd in golden grace,
The lightening beam that, when my angel smiled,
Diffused o'er earth an Eden heavenly mild;
What are they now? Dust, lifeless dust, alas!
And I live on, a melancholy slave,
Toss'd by the tempest in a shatter'd bark,
Reft of the lovely light that cheer'd the wave.
The flame of genius, too, extinct and dark,
Here let my lays of love conclusion have;
Mute be the lyre: tears best my sorrows mark.


Those eyes whose living lustre shed the heat
Of bright meridian day; the heavenly mould
Of that angelic form; the hands, the feet,
The taper arms, the crispèd locks of gold;
Charms that the sweets of paradise enfold;
The radiant lightning of her angel-smile,
And every grace that could the sense beguile
Are now a pile of ashes, deadly cold![Pg 254]
And yet I bear to drag this cumbrous chain,
That weighs my soul to earth—to bliss or pain
Alike insensible:—her anchor lost,
The frail dismantled bark, all tempest-toss'd,
Surveys no port of comfort—closed the scene
Of life's delusive joys;—and dry the Muse's vein.


Those eyes, sweet subject of my rapturous strain!
The arms, the hands, the feet, that lovely face,
By which I from myself divided was,
And parted from the vulgar and the vain;
Those crispèd locks, pure gold unknown to stain!
Of that angelic smile the lightening grace,
Which wont to make this earth a heavenly place!
Dissolved to senseless ashes now remain!
And yet I live, to endless grief a prey,
'Reft of that star, my loved, my certain guide,
Disarm'd my bark, while tempests round me blow!
Stop, then, my verse—dry is the fountain's tide.
That fed my genius! Cease, my amorous lay!
Changed is my lyre, attuned to endless woe!


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"Gli occhi di ch' io parlai sì caldamente" Track Info

1.   Sonnet I
10.   Sonnet X
11.   Ballat I
12.   Sonnet XI
13.   Sonnet XII
14.   Ballata II
15.   Sonnet IV
16.   Sonnet XIV
17.   Sonnet XV
18.   Sonnet XVI
21.   Sonnet XIX
22.   Sestina I
23.   Canzone I
24.   Sonnet XX
25.   Sonnet XXI
28.   Canzone II
30.   Sestina II
32.   Sonnet XXV
37.   Canzone IV
38.   Sonnet XXX
48.   Sonnet XL
49.   Sonnet XLI
50.   Canzone V
101.   Sestina VII
103.   Sonnet CCI
104.   Sonnet CCII
106.   Sonnet CCV
107.   Sonnet CCVI
109.   Sonnet CCIX
110.   Sonnet CCX
111.   Sonnet CCXI
115.   Sonnet CCXV
120.   Sonnet CCXX
125.   Sonnet CLVI
126.   Canzone XXI
141.   Sonnet CLIX
145.   Sonnet CLX
149.   Sonnet CLXI
155.   Gli occhi di ch' io parlai sì caldamente
160.   Sonnet CLXV
165.   Sonnet CLXX
168.   Canzone XIX
169.   Canzone XX
182.   Sestina VI
195.   Sonnet CXC
196.   Sonnet CXCI
199.   Sonnet CXCV
202.   Canzone VI
204.   Ballata III
206.   Sonnet XLIV
207.   Sonnet XLV
208.   Ballata IV
209.   Sonnet XLVI
212.   Ballata V
213.   Sonnet XLIX
214.   Sonnet L
215.   Sestina III
216.   Sonnet LI
217.   Sonnet LII
218.   Sonnet LIII
219.   Canzone VII
221.   Canzone IX
222.   Canzone X
223.   Sonnet LIV
224.   Sonnet LV
225.   Sonnet LVI
226.   Sonnet LVII
228.   Sonnet LIX
229.   Sestina IV
230.   Sonnet LX
231.   Sonnet LXI
232.   Sonnet LXII
234.   Sonnet LXIV
235.   Sonnet LXV
236.   Sonnet LXVI
239.   Sonnet LXIX
240.   Sonnet LXX
241.   Sonnet LXXI
245.   Sonnet LXXV
250.   Sonnet LXXX
254.   Canzone XI
262.   Sonnet XC
263.   Sonnet XCI
264.   Sonnet XCII
267.   Sonnet XCIV
268.   Sonnet XCV
269.   Canzone XII
271.   Sonnet XCVI
274.   Sonnet XCIX
276.   Canzone XIV
277.   Canzone XV
278.   Canzone XVI
280.   Sonnet C
281.   Sonnet CII
282.   Sonnet CIII
283.   Sonnet CIV
285.   Sonnet CV
286.   Sonnet CVI
287.   Sonnet CVII
289.   Sonnet CIX
290.   Sonnet CX
291.   Sestina V
292.   Sonnet CXI
293.   Sonnet CXII
295.   Sonnet CXIV
296.   Sonnet CXV
297.   Sonnet CXVI
298.   Ballata VI
301.   Sonnet CXIX
302.   Sonnet CXXI
303.   Sonnet CXX
307.   Sonnet CC
312.   Sonnet CLII
314.   Sonnet CLIV
315.   Sonnet CCIV
316.   Sonnet CXXV
322.   Sonnet CXXX
334.   Sonnet CXL
336.   Sonnet CXLI
340.   Sonnet CXLV
361.   Sonnet CL
362.   Sonnet CLI
364.   Sonnet CLV