by Gabriello Chiabrera (1552 - 1638)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

La violetta
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
La violetta
ch'en su l'erbetta
apre al mattin novella
di' non è cosa
tutta leggiadra e bella?

Sì certamente
che dolcemente
elle ne spira odori
e n'empie il petto
di bel diletto
col bel de suoi colori.


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

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "The violet", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La violette", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Das Veilchen", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2008-01-31 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:35
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Word count: 38

La violette
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
La violette
Qui se trouve sur l'herbe
S'ouvre au nouveau matin.
Dites, n'est-elle pas
Toute odorante,
Toute gracieuse et belle ?

Si, certainement,
elle exhale son parfum
Et emplit le cœur
Du beau bien-aimé
De la beauté de ses couleurs.


  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to French (Français) copyright © 2019 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Text added to the website: 2019-02-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-02-08 09:48:57
Line count: 12
Word count: 41