by Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Datemi pace, o duri miei pensieri
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Datemi pace, o duri miei pensieri:
non basta ben ch’Amor, Fortuna et Morte
mi fanno guerra intorno e ’n su le porte,
senza trovarmi dentro altri guerreri?

Et tu, mio cor, anchor se’ pur qual eri,
disleal a me sol, che fere scorte
vai ricettando, et se’ fatto consorte
de’ miei nemici sí pronti et leggieri?

In te i secreti suoi messaggi Amore,
in te spiega Fortuna ogni sua pompa,
et Morte la memoria di quel colpo

che l’avanzo di me conven che rompa;
in te i vaghi pensier’ s’arman d’errore:
perché d’ogni mio mal te solo incolpo.

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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Francisque Reynard)

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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-10
Line count: 14
Word count: 98

Give me peace, o my cruel thoughts
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Give me peace, o my cruel thoughts.
Isn't it enough that Love, Fortune, and Death
wage war all around me, and at the very gates,
without finding other enemies within me?

And you, my heart? You haven't changed at all?
Disloyal only to me, receiving rude company,
consorting with my enemies
with such apparent readiness?

Love hides his secret messages in you;
In you Fortune reveals all her grandeur,
and Death the memory of that cruel blow,

That assault which must needs crush my advance.
In you, hazy thoughts arm themselves with the shield of error,
so I charge you alone for all I have suffered.

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Translations of title(s):
"Datemi pace" = "Grant me peace"
"Sonnet 274" = "Sonnet 274"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-09-05
Line count: 14
Word count: 106