by Ippolito Pindemonte (1753 - 1828)
Translation © by Antonio Giuliano

Malinconia, Ninfa gentile
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER SPA
Malinconia, Ninfa gentile,
la vita mia consacro a te;
i tuoi piaceri chi tiene a vile,
ai piacer veri nato non è.

Fonti e colline chiesi agli Dei;
m'udiro alfine, pago io vivrò,
né mai quel fonte co' desir miei,
né mai quel monte trapasserò.

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

  • ENG English (Antonio Giuliano) , title 1: "Melancholy, gentle nymph", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Melancholie, sanftmütige Nymphe", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Víctor Sampietro Crespo) , title 1: "Melancolía, Ninfa gentil", copyright © 2010, (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: 8
Word count: 45

Melancholy, gentle nymph
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
 Melancholy, gentle nymph,
 I devote my life to you.
 One who despises your pleasures
 Is not born to true pleasures.
 
 I asked the gods for fountains and hills;
 They heard me at last; I will live satisfied
 Even though, with my desires, I never
 Go beyond that fountain and that mountain.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 52