by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Quando lo miro
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Quando lo miro io non saprei
staccar da lui gli occhi e ’l desir, 
e nel deliro de’ sensi miei 
dirgli vorrei: Per te sospiro. 
Ma dentro l’alma voce mi grida: 
S’ami tua calma, fuggi l’infido, 
che in bella salma cor fier s’annida.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "When I look upon him", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-07
Line count: 7
Word count: 43

When I look upon him
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
When I look upon him,
I would not know how
to detach from him
my eyes and my desire
and in the delirium of my senses,
I would like to tell him,
"I sigh for you."
But deep within my soul,
some voice cries out,
"Your peace is what you must care for,
flee the traitor,
for a proud heart can only repose
in a stalwart body."


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-19
Line count: 13
Word count: 67