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Petrarch:The Canzoniere

Translated by: A.S.Kline
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ITALIAN ENGLISH
Pommi ove 'l sole occide i fiori et l'erba,
o dove vince lui il ghiaccio et la neve;
ponmi ov'Ŕ 'l carro suo temprato et leve,
et ov'Ŕ chi ce 'l rende, o chi ce 'l serba;

ponmi in humil fortuna, od in superba,
al dolce aere sereno, al fosco et greve;
ponmi a la notte, al dÝ lungo ed al breve,
a la matura etate od a l'acerba;

ponmi in cielo, od in terra, od in abisso,
in alto poggio, in valle ima et palustre,
libero spirto, od a' suoi membri affisso;

ponmi con fama oscura, o con illustre:
sar˛ qual fui, vivr˛ com'io son visso,
continŘando il mio sospir trilustre.

Set me where the sun burns flowers and grass,
or where he's conquered by the ice and snow:
set me beneath his temperate chariot,
where it rises or where it descends:

set me among the humble, or the proud,
in sweet calm air, or in the dark and sombre:
set me in night, in days long or short,
unripe in age, or of maturer years.

set me in heaven, on earth, or in the depths,
on a high hill, or deep in a marshy vale,
a spirit freed, or imprisoned in its limbs:

set me far from fame, or let me be known:
I'll be what I have been, live as I've lived,
continuing my fifteen years of sighs.


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Peter Sadlon
Updated Sept 10th 2007

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