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

Ballata
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Non so qual io mi voglia,
O viver o morir, per minor doglia
Morir vorrei, che 'l viver m'é gravoso
Veggendomi da voi esser lasciato;
E morir non vorrei, che trapassato
Più non vedrei il bel viso amoroso
Per cui io piango invidioso
Di chi l'ha fatto suo e me ne spoglia!

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ballade", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "Ballad", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Ballade
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Je ne sais pas ce que je veux,
Vivre ou mourir, pour moins souffrir.
Je voudrais mourir, car vivre me pèse,
En me voyant abandonné par vous ;
Mais je ne veux pas mourir, car après ma mort
Je ne pourrai plus voir le beau visage adoré,
Pour qui je pleure jaloux
De qui l'a fait sien et me l'a volé !

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