by Giuseppe Zaffira (flourished 1868-1886)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Se come io son poeta e so cantare
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se come io son poeta e so cantare
Fossi guerriero e maneggiassi il brando,
vorrei, Biondina, tutto soggettare
Al tuo comando.

Vorrei del sol farti una bianca vesta
Onde fossi la Bella delle belle,
Vorrei posarti una corona in testa
Fatta di stelle.

Poscia vorrei che un giorno a' primi albori
Fossimo desti in una via fiorita,
Sparsa di pecorelle, e là pastori
Finir la vita.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Since I’m a poet and can sing", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 66

Since I’m a poet and can sing
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Since I’m a poet and can sing,
just as if I were a warrior brandishing a sword,
I’d like, Biondina, everyone to be subject
To your commands.
I’d like to make you a white dress out of sunlight
So you’d be the fairest of the fair,
I’d like to place a crown on your head
Made of stars.

And then at dawn one day, I’d like
To wake up with you on a petal-strewn path,
Dotted with sheep, and as shepherds,
Live out our lives.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-10-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 85