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Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera

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Here is an exquisitely beautiful piece by Antonio Vivaldi, the English translation of which is, “In this world there is no honest peace.” It is featured in the movie, Shine, which is a nice film worth seeing.

Here is the English translation of the piece.

Aria.

In this world there is no honest peace
free from bitterness; pure and true
peace, sweet Jesus, lies in Thee.

Amidst punishment and torment
lives the contented soul,
chaste love its only hope.

Recitative.

This world deceives the eye by surface charms,
but is corroded within by hidden wounds.
Let us flee him who smiles, shun him who follows us,
for by skilfully displaying its pleasures, this world
overwhelms us by deceit.

Aria.

The serpent’s hiss conceals its venom,
as it uncoils itself
among blossoms and beauty.
But with a furtive touch of the lips,
a man maddened by love
will often kiss as if licking honey.

Alleluia.
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Written by Michael Duenes

January 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Duenes, Music

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