by Ada Negri (1870 - 1945)
Translation © by Thomas A. Gregg

Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE SPA
Soffro, lontan lontano
Le nebbie sonnolente
Salgono dal tacente 

Alto gracchiando, i corvi,
Fidati all'ali nere,
Traversan le brughiere

Dell'aere ai morsi crudi
Gli addolorati tronchi
Offron, pregando, i bronchi nudi.
Come ho freddo!

Son sola;
Pel grigio ciel sospinto 
Un gemito destinto 

E mi ripete: Vieni;
È buia la vallata.
O triste, o disamata
Vieni! Vieni!


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

  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "Mists", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Brumes", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Xavier Rivera) , "Brumas", copyright © 2016, (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: 20
Word count: 60

Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I suffer. Far, far away
the sleeping mists
rise from the silent 

Shrilling cawing, the crows,
trusting their black wings
cross the heath 

To the raw weathering of the air
the sorrowful tree trunks
offer, praying, their bare branches,
How cold am I! 

I am alone;
driven through the gray sky
a wail of extinction 

And repeats to me: come, 
the valley is dark.
Oh sad, oh unloved one,
Come! Come!


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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-06
Line count: 20
Word count: 74