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Petrarch:The Canzoniere

Translated by: A.S.Kline
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Read I go thinking an analysis of poem 264 by Holly Barbaccia.


ITALIAN ENGLISH
Quand'io veggio dal ciel scender l'Aurora
co la fronte di rose et co' crin' d'oro,
Amor m'assale, ond'io mi discoloro,
et dico sospirando: Ivi Laura ora.

O felice Titon, tu sai ben l'ora
da ricovrare il tuo caro tesoro:
ma io che debbo far del dolce alloro?
che se 'l vo' riveder, conven ch'io mora.

I vostri dipartir' non son s duri,
ch'almen di notte suol tornar colei
che non schifo le tue bianche chiome:

le mie notti fa triste, e i giorni oscuri,
quella che n' portato i penser' miei,
n di s m' lasciato altro che 'l nome.

When I see the Dawn go down the sky
with rosy forehead and her golden hair,
Love assails me, so I grow pale,
and sighing say: 'There is Laura now.

O happy Tithonus, you know the hour
when you'll regain your dear treasure:
but when will I who lack my sweet?
To see her once again I have to die.

Your partings cannot be so very harsh,
since every night she returns to you,
and does not scorn your whitened hair:

while she who carried off my thoughts
makes my nights sad, and darkens my days,
and leaves me nothing of her but her name.


Note:
For Aurora, the Dawn, and Tithonus
see poem 219.



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