by Giacomo Francesco Bussani (flourished 1673-1680)

Alma del gran Pompeo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Alma del gran Pompeo,
che al cenere suo d'intorno
invisibil t'aggiri,
fur'ombre i tuoi trofei,
ombra la tua grandezza, 
e un'ombra sei:
così termina al fine il fasto umano;
ieri che vivo occupò un mondo in guerra,
oggi risolto in polve un'urna serra.
Tal di ciascuno, ahi lasso!
il principio è di terra, 
e il fine è un sasso.
Misera vita! oh, quanto è fral tuo stato!
Ti forma un soffio, 
e ti distrugge un fiato.

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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Soul of great Pompey", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2018-06-02
Line count: 15
Word count: 76