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Che dici, o parola del Saggio?

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Che dici, o parola del Saggio?
"Conviene che l'anima lieve,
sorella del vento selvaggio,
trascorra le fonti ove beve."

Io so che il van pianto mi guasta
le ciglia dall'ombra sì lunga...
O Vita, e una lacrima basta
a spegner la face consunta!

Ben so che nell'ansia mortale
si sfa la mia bocca riarsa...
E un alito, o Vita, mi vale
a sperder la cenere scarsa!

Tu dici: "Alza il capo; raccogli
con grazia i capelli in un nodo;
e sopra le rose che sfogli
ridendo va incontro all'Ignoto.

L'amante dagli occhi di sfinge
mutevole, a cui sei promessa,
ha nome Domani; e ti cinge
con una ghirlanda più fresca."

M'attende: lo so. Ma il datore
di gioia non ha più ghirlande:
ha dato il cipresso all'Amore
e il mirto a Colei ch'è più grande,

il mirto alla Morte che odo
rombar sul mio capo sconvolto.
Non tremo. I capelli in un nodo
segreto per sempre ho raccolto.

Ho terso con ambe le mani
l'estreme tue lacrime, o Vita.
L'amante che ha nome Domani
m'attende nell'ombra infinita.


Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Que dis‑tu, ô parole du Sage ?

Language: French (Français) after the Italian (Italiano)

Que dis-tu, ô parole du Sage ?
« Il faut que l'âme légère,
sœur du vent sauvage,
traverse les sources où elle boit. »

Je sais que de vains pleurs abîment
mes cils à l'ombre si longue...
Ô Vie, une seule larme suffit
à éteindre le flambeau consumé !

Je sais bien que dans l'anxiété mortelle
ma bouche desséchée s'amollit...
Et un souffle, ô Vie, me vaudra
de disperser la cendre insuffisante !

Tu dis : « Lève la tête, rassemble
gracieusement tes cheveux en un nœud ;
et sur les roses que tu effeuilles
en riant va vers l'inconnu.

L'amant aux yeux de sphinx
volage à qui tu t'es promise
a pour nom Demain, et il te couronnera
D'une guirlande plus fraîche, »

Il m'attend : je le sais. mais le donneur
de joie n'a plus de guirlande :
il a donné le cyprès à l'Amour
et le myrte à Celle qui est plus grande,

le myrte à la Mort que j'entends
tonner au dessus de ma tête troublée.
Je ne tremble pas. Mes cheveux, en un nœud
secret sont rassemblés pour toujours.

J'ai essuyé de mes deux mains
les dernières larmes, ô Vie.
L'amant qui a pour nom Demain
m'attend dans l'ombre infinie.


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