Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gaetano Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor - Maria Callas (1953)






Il Dolce Suono... Ardon Gli Incensi... Spargi D'Amaro Pianto



To An Unknown Homeland

So sing a silver thread from memory
    Of my soul's ache, when pining for a home;
An echo of sweet moon's melancholy,
    O, blissful crescent, seize me as your own!
Through misty mountains follow I your path,
    Through darkened groves I seek this argent fire,
In books illumined I avoid your wrath;
    Your purity, it covets my desire.
A city phosphorescent leads me on,
    I seek, and seeing, seek it once again,
Amid a thousand faces, only one:
    The blessed numen of my fellow man,
Emblazoned atlas of all thought and art--
    It holds a map to brightness in my heart.

The mountains held up the sky like pillars, releasing plumes of pebbles, streams and silt as far as my girlish eyes could follow, and w...

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