Translation © by John Glenn Paton

Il crociato
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Colle piume sul cimiero,
tutto chiuso in armatura,
vene un giorno il cavaliero
alla dama del suo cor
a nunziarle una sventura
d'acerbissimo dolor:
"Il vessillo della Croce
vuò seguire in Palestina."
"Ah crudele! ah crudele!"
ma qui la voce
della misera languì.
Il guerrier baciò Clarina
e qual folgore sparì [ah sì.]
Dopo un lustro alla sua dama
ei tornò di gloria carco,
ma Clarina indarno ei chiama
a dividere l'onor:
d'una pietra il freddo in carco
riposava sul suo cor,
Ah crudele! ah crudele!


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The crusader
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
With plumes on his helmet,
in full armor,
a gentleman came one day
to the lady of his heart
to announce to her an event
of the bitterest pain:
“The banner of the Cross–
I want to follow it to Palestine.”
“Ah cruel one, ah cruel one!”
But here the voice
of the unhappy lady faded.
The warrior kissed Clarina
and like lightning he disappeared [ah, yes].
After five years, to his lady
he returned, covered with glory,
but he calls on Clarina in vain
to share his honor;
the cold weight of a stone
rested on her heart.
Ah cruel one, ah cruel one!


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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-20
Line count: 20
Word count: 105