by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Arder sole’ nel freddo ghiaccio il foco
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Arder sole’ nel freddo ghiaccio il foco;
or m’è l’ardente foco un freddo ghiaccio,
disciolto, Amor, [quello insolubil laccio]1,
e morte or m’è, che m’era festa e gioco.
  Quel primo amor che ne diè tempo e loco,
nella strema miseria è greve impaccio
a l’alma stanca...

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1 Boucourechliev: "quel invisibil lacio"


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Pour l'âme lasse", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Pour l'âme lasse
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Mon feu brûle même dans le froid glacial,
mais ce feu ardent pour moi n'est qu'un froid glacial,
Amour, dissous est le lien insoluble,
c'est la mort pour moi ce qui m'était fête et joie.
  Ce premier amour qui fut jadis le temps et l'espace
dans la misère extrême est un lourd fardeau
Pour l'âme lasse...


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Word count: 56