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Petrarch:The Canzoniere

Translated by: A.S.Kline
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ITALIAN ENGLISH
Come talora al caldo tempo sle
semplicetta farfalla al lume avezza
volar negli occhi altrui per sua vaghezza,
onde aven ch'ella more, altri si dole:

cos sempre io corro al fatal mio sole
degli occhi onde mi vn tanta dolcezza
che 'l fren de la ragion Amor non prezza,
e chi discerne vinto da chi vle.

E veggio ben quant'elli a schivo m'nno,
e so ch'i' ne morr veracemente,
ch mia vert non p contra l'affanno;

ma s m'abbaglia Amor soavemente,
ch'i' piango l'altrui noia, et no 'l mio danno;
et cieca al suo morir l'alma consente.

As at times in hot sunny weather
a guileless butterfly accustomed to the light,
flies in its wanderings into someone's face,
causing it to die, and the other to weep:

so I am always running towards the sunlight of her eyes,
fatal to me, from which so much sweetness comes
that Love takes no heed of the reins of reason:
and he who discerns them is conquered by his desire.

And truly I see how much disdain they have for me,
and I know I am certain to die of them,
since my strength cannot counter the pain:

but Love dazzles me so sweetly,
that I weep for the other's annoyance, not my hurt:
and my soul consents blindly to its death.


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Peter Sadlon
Updated Sept 10th 2007

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