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Petrarch:The Canzoniere

Translated by: A.S.Kline
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ITALIAN ENGLISH
O d'ardente vertute ornata et calda
alma gentil chui tante carte vergo;
o sol gi d'onestate intero albergo,
torre in alto valor fondata et salda;

o fiamma, o rose sparse in dolce falda
di viva neve, in ch'io mi specchio e tergo;
o piacer onde l'ali al bel viso ergo,
che luce sovra quanti il sol ne scalda:

del vostro nome, se mie rime intese
fossin s lunge, avrei pien Tyle et Battro,
la Tana e 'l Nilo, Athlante, Olimpo et Calpe.

Poi che portar nol posso in tutte et quattro
parti del mondo, udrallo il bel paese
ch'Appennin parte, e 'l mar circonda et l'Alpe.

O noble soul decked out with burning virtue,
for whom I fill out so many pages:
O lone house still whole in its chastity,
strong tower founded on the highest worth:

O flame, O rose scattered on sweet layers
of living snow, in which I am reflected:
O delight whose wing lifts to a lovely face,
whose light shines brighter than the sun:

if my verse were understood so far away,
I'd fill farthest Thule, Bactria, Don and Nile,
Mount Atlas, and Gibraltar, with your name.

Since it can't carry there to the four corners
of the world, let that lovely country hear it
the Apennines divide, and Alps and sea surround.


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Peter Sadlon
Updated Sept 10th 2007

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