by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 - 1375)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

L'udir talvolta
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
L'udir talvolta nominare il loco
Dove dimori, o talvolta vedere
Chi di là venga, mi riaccende il fuoco
Nel cor mancato per troppo dolere.
E par ch'io senta alcun nascoso gioco
Nell'anima legata dal piacere,
E meco dico: quindi venissi io
Onde quel viene, o dolce mio disio!...


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 48

To hear occasionally
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
To hear occasionally the name of the place
Where you are staying, or sometimes see
Who is there, this fans the flames
Of a heart [that has] stopped from too much pain.
And I seem to sense some hidden game	
Of a soul bound by pleasure,
And I say to myself: from there I come
[Like] arriving waves, O my sweet love!


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
Line count: 8
Word count: 62