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Dalla guerra amorosa

Language: Italian (Italiano)

 Dalla guerra amorosa
 or che ragion mi chiama,
 o miei pensieri, fuggite pur, fuggite,
 vergo gnosa non è in amor la fuga,
 che sol fuggendo un'alma
 del crudo amor può riportar la palma.

  Non v'alletti un occhio nero, no, no
 con suoi sguardi lusinghiero,
 che da voi chieda pietà,
 Che per far le sue vendette,
 e con arco e con saette ivi amor nascoso sta.

 Fuggite, sì fuggite, ahi!
 di quanto veleno, amore asperge i suoi piaceri,
 ah! quanto ministra duol, e pianto,
 a chi lo segue, e le sue leggi adora.
 Se un volto v'innamora, sappiate, o pensieri miei,
 che ciò che piace in brev'ora svanisce, e poi dispiace.

 La bellezza è com' un fiore
 sul mattin vivace e bello,
 sul matin di primavera,
 Che la sera langue e more,
 si scolora e non par quello.
 Fuggite, sì fuggite,
 a chi servo d'amor vive in catena,
 è dubbioso il gioir, certa la pena.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by George McTyre


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Dr. Robert J. Rodini) , "From the war of amorous passion", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:16
Line count: 29
Word count: 158

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From the war of amorous passion

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Take flight, take flight, my thoughts,
From the war of amorous passion.
Called back by reason, I know now that
Flight from love brings no shame,
For only through flight can
A soul be victorious over cruel Love.

No, no! Do not be swayed by a lovely eye,
With its siren-like glances, 
begging you for mercy. 
For, all the while, to take revenge,
Love hides within [the eye]  with bow and arrow.

Take flight, take flight!
With how much venom Love swathes its pleasures,
Oh, how much grief and tears it bequeathes on
Those who follow him and obey his laws.
If a lovely face enamours you, take heed; Oh my thoughts,
for what is pleasing quickly disappears and then brings sorrow.

Beauty is like a bloom:
Alive and lovely on a spring morning,
But when evening comes, it loses its color
And all semblance of its former self:
 then it wilts and dies.
Take flight, take flight.
Joy is doubtful and torment is certain
For one who lives enchained, a servant of Love.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:16
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Word count: 174