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

Gli occhi di ch'io parlai sí caldamente
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Gli occhi di ch'io parlai sí caldamente,
e le braccia, e le mani, e i piedi, e 'l viso,
che m'avean sí da me stesso diviso,
e fatto singular da l'altra gente;

le crespe chiome d'òr puro lucente,
e 'l lampeggiar de l'angelico riso
che solean fare in terra un paradiso,
poca polvere son, che nulla sente.

Et io pur vivo; onde mi doglio e sdegno,
rimaso senza 'l lume ch'amai tanto,
in gran fortuna, e 'n disarmato legno.

Or sia qui fine al mio amoroso canto:
secca è la vena de l'usato ingegno,
e la cetera mia rivolta in pianto.

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The eyes I spoke about so warmly
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The eyes I spoke about so warmly,
and the arms, the hands, the ankles, and the face
that left me so divided from myself,
and made me different from other men:

the crisp hair of pure shining gold
and the brightness of the angelic smile,
which used to make a paradise on earth,
are now a little dust, that feels no thing.

And I still live, which I grieve over and disdain,
left without the light I loved so much,
in great ill-fortune, in a shattered boat.

Now make an end of my loving songs:
the vein of my accustomed wit is dry,
and my lyre is turned again to weeping.

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