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

Per mezz'i boschi inhospiti et selvaggi
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Per mezz'i boschi inhospiti et selvaggi,
onde vanno a gran rischio uomini et arme,
vo securo io, ché non pò spaventarme
altri che 'l sol ch'à d'amor vivo i raggi;

5et vo cantando (o penser' miei non saggi!)
lei che 'l ciel non poria lontana farme,
ch'i' l'ò negli occhi, et veder seco parme
donne et donzelle, et son abeti et faggi.

Parme d'udirla, udendo i rami et l'òre
10et le frondi, et gli augei lagnarsi, et l'acque
mormorando fuggir per l'erba verde.

Raro un silentio, un solitario horrore
d'ombrosa selva mai tanto mi piacque:
se non che dal mio sol troppo si perde.

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Word count: 104

Through the midst of inhospitable, wild...
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Through the midst of inhospitable, wild woods,
where men at arms go at great risk,
I go safely, since nothing can frighten me
except that sun whose rays are alive with love:

and I go singing (oh, my unwise thoughts!)
of her whom heaven cannot set distant from me,
whom I have in my vision, and seem to see
women and girls with her, and they are beech and fir.

I seem to hear her, hearing the branches and breeze,
and the leaves, and the birds lamenting, and the water
murmuring, running through the green grass.

Rarely did silence, and solitary awesomeness
of shadowy woodland ever please me so:
if only too much of my sunlight were not lost.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-03-10
Line count: 14
Word count: 119