by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 - 1375)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Ma come potrei
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ma come potrei io mai soffrire
Di partirmida te che t'amo pur tanto,
Che senza te mi par ognor morire?
Essendo teco non so giammai quanto
Più ben mi possa avere, o più disire.
Ma sallo bene Amore in quanto pianto 
Istà la vita mia la notte e 'l giorno,
Mentre non veggo questo viso adorno.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Mais comment pourrais-je", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "But how could I", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Mais comment pourrais‑je
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Mais comment pourrais-je jamais souffrir
De me séparer de toi que j'aime tant,
Quand sans toi à chaque heure il me semble mourir ?
Être avec toi, jamais je ne pourrai
Avoir davantage ou désirer plus.
Mais l'Amour le sait bien de combien de larmes
Est remplie ma vie nuit et jour
Quand je ne vois pas ce visage orné.

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