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

Pien d'un vago penser che me desvia
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Pien d'un vago penser che me desvia
da tutti gli altri, et fammi al mondo ir solo,
ad or ad ora a me stesso m'involo
pur lei cercando che fuggir devria;

5et veggiola passar sí dolce et ria
che l'alma trema per levarsi a volo,
tal d'armati sospir' conduce stuolo
questa bella d'Amor nemica, et mia.

Ben s'i' non erro di pietate un raggio
10scorgo fra 'l nubiloso, altero ciglio,
che 'n parte rasserena il cor doglioso:

allor raccolgo l'alma, et poi ch'i' aggio
di scovrirle il mio mal preso consiglio,
tanto gli ò a dir, che 'ncominciar non oso.

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Full of a wandering thought that...
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Full of a wandering thought that separates me
from all other men, and makes me go lonely through the world,
hour after hour I am tempted from myself
searching for her, whom I should fly from:

and I see her go by so sweet and deadly
that my soul trembles to rise in flight,
she leads such a troop of armed sighs with her,
this beautiful enemy of Love, and of me.

Truly if I am not wrong I see a ray of pity
shine from that high clouded brow,
that partly brightens my grieving heart:

then I recall my soul, and when I start
to reveal my ill-conceived thoughts to her,
I have so much to say to her, I dare not begin.

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Line count: 14
Word count: 124