A solemn thing it was, I said
A solemn thing it was, I said,
A woman white to be,
And wear, if God should count me fit,
Her hallowed mystery.
A timid thing to drop a life
Into the purple well,
Too plummetless that it comes back
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- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Una cosa solenne sarebbe", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Una cosa solenne sarebbe
Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English
Una cosa solenne sarebbe, io dissi,
essere una donna in bianco,
e indossare, se Dio mi stimasse degna,
il suo santo mistero.
Una cosa segreta gettare una vita
dentro il pozzo purpureo,
troppo insondabile perché torni indietro
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