Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Occhi, un tempo mia vita
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Occhi, un tempo mia vita;
occhi, di questo cor fido sostegno,
voi mi negate, ahimè, l'usata aita?
Tempo è ben di morire; a che più tardo?
A che torcete il guardo?
Forse per non mirar come v'adoro?
Mirate almen ch'io moro.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Yeux, qui étaient ma vie", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Yeux, qui étaient ma vie
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Yeux, qui étaient ma vie,
Yeux, qui soutenez ce cœur fidèle,
Vous me refusez, hélas, l'aide habituelle ?
Il est bien temps de mourir ; pourquoi tarder ?
Pourquoi votre regard se détourne-t-il ?
Peut-être pour ne pas voir que je vous adore ?
Voyez au moins que je meurs.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-03-01
Line count: 7
Word count: 50