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Petrarch:The Canzoniere

Translated by: A.S.Kline
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ITALIAN ENGLISH
Quel vago impallidir che 'l dolce riso
d'un'amorosa nebbia ricoperse,
con tanta maiestade al cor s'offerse
che li si fece incontr'a mezzo 'l viso.

Conobbi allor s come in paradiso
vede l'un l'altro, in tal guisa s'aperse
quel pietoso penser ch'altri non scerse:
ma vidil' io, ch'altrove non m'affiso.

Ogni angelica vista, ogni atto humile
che gi mai in donna ov'amor fosse apparve,
fra uno sdegno a lato a quel ch'i' dico.

Chinava a terra il bel guardo gentile,
et tacendo dicea, come a me parve:
Chi m'allontana il mio fedele amico?
That wandering paleness which conceals
the sweet smile in a loving mist,
offered itself to my heart with such majesty
that it revealed the heart in the face.

Then I knew how one sees another
in paradise, her compassionate thought
showed in such a manner others did not know it:
but I saw it, since I see nothing else.

Every angelic vision, every humble act
of every lady, in whom love had appeared
would be disdained beside her I speak of.

She bent her beautiful gentle gaze to earth,
and said in silence, as it seemed to me:
'Who distances my faithful friend from me?'


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Peter Sadlon
Updated Sept 10th 2007

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