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My love is as a fever, longing still

Language: English

My love is as a fever, longing still
For that which longer nurseth the disease,
Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,
[The uncertain]1 sickly appetite to please.
My reason, the physician to my love,
Angry that his prescriptions are not kept,
Hath left me, and I desperate now approve
Desire is death, which physic did except.
Past cure I am, now Reason is past care,
And frantic-mad with evermore unrest;
My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are,
At random from the truth vainly express'd;
  For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright,
  Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.

Translation(s): DUT FRE ITA

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1 Diamond: "Th'uncertain"

Submitted by Barbara Miller


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Text added to the website: 2005-08-31.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:14
Line count: 14
Word count: 107

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Come una febbre è l’amore che provo

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Come una febbre è l’amore che provo, sempre invaghito
Di ciò che a prolungare il suo male conviene,
e che, pur di placare questo insano appetito,
vuole nutrirsi di quanto il suo morbo mantiene.
Ragione, che il mio amore curava, mi ha abbandonato
Sdegnata perché dei suoi consigli poco mi cale,
e solamente adesso scopro disperato
che il desiderio, che lei mi vietava, è a me mortale.
Poi che Ragion più non mi cura, non posso guarire,
e sempre agitato in un crescente delirio,
Frasi e pensieri di folle m’è dato in sorte avere,
Vaneggiamenti a caso, lontani dal vero.
Poiché  ho stimato buona ed ho pensato pura,
Te, nera come l’inferno  e come la notte scura.

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Text added to the website: 2007-01-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 14
Word count: 117