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

Di tempo in tempo mi si fa men dura
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Di tempo in tempo mi si fa men dura
l'angelica figura e 'l dolce riso,
et l'aria del bel viso
e de gli occhi leggiadri meno oscura.
Che fanno meco omai questi sospiri
che nascean di dolore
et mostravan di fore
la mia angosciosa et desperata vita?
S' aven che 'l volto in quella parte giri
per acquetare il core,
parmi veder Amore
mantener mia ragione et darmi aita.
Né però trovo ancor guerra finita
né tranquillo ogni stato del cor mio,
ché più m'arde 'l desio.
quanto più la speranza m'assicura.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-04-16
Line count: 16
Word count: 92

From time to time they are less harsh to...
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
From time to time they are less harsh to me
the angelic figure and the sweet smile,
and the expression on her face
and the charming eyes are less dark.
What have these sighs now to do with me
which were born of grief
and served to show
my anguish and my desperate life?
If I turn my look that way
to quiet my heart,
I see Love with me
arguing my case, and giving aid:
yet I still see no end to my war,
nor any tranquil state in my heart,
since my desire blazes out the more,
the more hope should reassure me.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-03-10
Line count: 16
Word count: 105