"Aria" as written by and Billy Joel....
I have wist, sin i couthe meen,
That children hath by candle light
Her shadewe on the wal iseen,

And ronne therafter all the night.
Bisy aboute they han ben
To catchen it with all here might.

And whom they catchen it best wolde wene,
Sannest it shet out of her sight,
The shadewe catchen they ne might,

For no lines that they couthe lay.
This shadewe i may likne aright
To this world and yesterday.


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"Aria" as written by Francesco Gramegna Paolo Ghiringhelli

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    General Commenti have wist, sin i couthe meen,
    that children hath by candle light
    her shadewe on the wall iseen,
    and ronne therafter all the night.
    bisy aboute they han ben
    to catchen it with all here might.

    and whom they catcheth it best wolde wene,
    sannest it shet out of her sight.
    the shadewe catchen they ne might,
    for no lines that they couthe lay. this
    shadewe i may likne aright
    to this world and yesterday

    That's letter for letter from the Poem cd insert
    Caielon July 01, 2002   Link
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    TranslationEver since i could remember, I have known
    That children, by candle light,
    Have seen a shadow on the wall
    And have chased it all night through.

    Busily they have tried
    With all their might to catch it.

    When they are close to catch it
    It shoots quickly out of sight -
    This shadow they will never catch
    In any trap they lay

    This shadow, I liken it
    To this world and yesterday.
    or29544on April 01, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the best songs ever written, thanks for the modern english translation, i've been wondering what it meant. though i can't find the correct lyrics in the old english. the only ones i could find were close to the song but there were some extra lines in it and stuff. if anyone knows the correct old english lyrics could you post them? thanks
    Maokoon May 27, 2002   Link

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