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Petrarch:The Canzoniere

Translated by: A.S.Kline
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ITALIAN ENGLISH
I' vidi in terra angelici costumi
et celesti bellezze al mondo sole,
tal che di rimembrar mi giova et dole,
ch quant'io miro par sogni, ombre et fumi;

et vidi lagrimar que' duo bei lumi,
ch'n fatto mille volte invidia al sole;
et ud' sospirando dir parole
che farian gire i monti et stare i fiumi.

Amor, Senno, Valor, Pietate, et Doglia
facean piangendo un pi dolce concento
d'ogni altro che nel mondo udir si soglia;

ed era il cielo a l'armonia s intento
che non se vedea in ramo mover foglia,
tanta dolcezza avea pien l'aere e 'l vento.

I saw angelic virtue on earth
and heavenly beauty on terrestrial soil,
so I am sad and joyful at the memory,
and what I see seems dream, shadows, smoke:

and I saw two lovely eyes that wept,
that made the sun a thousand times jealous:
and I heard words emerge among sighs
that made the mountains move, and halted rivers.

Love, Judgement, Pity, Worth and Grief,
made a sweeter chorus of weeping
than any other heard beneath the moon:

and heaven so intent upon the harmony
no leaf was seen to move on the boughs,
so filled with sweetness were the wind and air.


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Peter Sadlon
Updated Sept 10th 2007

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