by Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374)
Translation © by A. S. Kline

Pace non trovo, et non ò da far guerra
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG SPA
Pace non trovo, et non ò da far guerra;
e temo, et spero; et ardo, et son un ghiaccio;
et volo sopra 'l cielo, et giaccio in terra;
et nulla stringo, et tutto 'l mondo abbraccio.

Tal m'à in pregion, che non m'apre né serra,
né per suo mi riten né scioglie il laccio;
et non m'ancide Amore, et non mi sferra,
né mi vuol vivo, né mi trae d'impaccio.

Veggio senza occhi, et non ò lingua et grido;
et bramo di perir, et cheggio aita;
et ò in odio me stesso, et amo altrui.

Pascomi di dolor, piangendo rido;
egualmente mi spiace morte et vita:
in questo stato son, donna, per voi.

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Note: Liszt's second version is erroneously listed as Sonnet 104. Liszt and Rheinberger use modernized spellings (e.g., "ò" in the first line becomes "ho" ; "et" becomes "e"). Below is the text from Liszt's first version, Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1917. It is also used by Rheinberger:
Pace non trovo, e non ho da far guerra,
E temo, e spero, ed ardo, e son un ghiaccio:
E volo sopra 'l cielo, e giaccio in terra;
E nulla stringo, e [tutto 'l]1 mondo abbraccio.

Tal m'ha in priggion, che non m'apre, nè serra,
Nè per suo mi ritien, nè scioglie il laccio
E non m'ancide Amor, e non mi sferra;
Nè mi vuol vivo, nè mi trahe d'impaccio.

Veggio senz'occhi; e non ho lingua e grido;
E bramo di perir, e [cheggio]2 aita;
Ed ho in odio me stesso, ed amo altrui.

Pascomi di dolor, [piangendo rido]3,
Egualmente mi spiace morte e vita,
In questo stato son, Donna, per Voi.4
1 in Liszt's 2nd version (checked with the score published in 1922 by Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig), this is "tutto il"
2 in Liszt's 2nd version, this is "chiegio"
3 in Liszt's 2nd version, this is "piangendo io rido"
4 in the repetition of this line in Liszt's first version, he names the lady: "In questo stato son per Voi, O Laura, per Voi."

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  • ENG English (Thomas Wyatt, Sir) , "I find no peace" [an adaptation]
  • ENG English (A. S. Kline) , no title, copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Francisque Reynard) , "Sonnet LXXXIX"
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , "No encuentro paz", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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I find no peace, and yet I make no war
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I find no peace, and yet I make no war:
and fear, and hope: and burn, and I am ice:
and fly above the sky, and fall to earth,
and clutch at nothing, and embrace the world.

One imprisons me, who neither frees nor jails me,
nor keeps me to herself nor slips the noose:
and Love does not destroy me, and does not loose me,
wishes me not to live, but does not remove my bar.

I see without eyes, and have no tongue, but cry:
and long to perish, yet I beg for aid:
and hold myself in hate, and love another.

I feed on sadness, laughing weep:
death and life displease me equally:
and I am in this state, lady, because of you.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-03-10
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Word count: 126