Translation © by Laura Prichard

Le labbra ella compose ad un sorriso
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Le labbra ella compose ad un sorriso
Che avrebbe quasi affascinato il sole,
Poi, nel guardarmi, la si fece in viso
Color delle viole

Ond'io (vedete dove il timor si mette!)
Rimasi imbarazzato nel saluto,
E le volendo dir mille cosette
Stetti le labbra muto

Timido fatto, ed ella ognor modesta,
Ci guardammo senza nulla dire.
Ma nel toccarle un lembo della vesta,
io mi sentii morire.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "She composed her lips into a smile", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

Text added to the website: 2004-08-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
Line count: 12
Word count: 67

She composed her lips into a smile
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
She composed her lips into a smile
That would have fascinated the sun,
Then, upon seeing me, her face turned
The color of violets.
So I (see where fear leads you!)
Was embarrassed as I greeted her,
And, wanting to tell her a thousand trifles
My lips refused to speak.

I had become timid, and she was, as always, modest,
We stared at each other with nothing to say.
But as I touched the hem of her dress,
I felt myself die.

Translator's note on line 2-4: "My lips refused to speak", literally, “stood mute”.


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Text added to the website: 2016-02-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-02-08 17:18:53
Line count: 12
Word count: 82