by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Thomas A. Gregg

Se nel ben sempre incostante
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se nel ben, se nel ben,
Sempre inconstante fortuna vagante,
Di far si stabile uso non ha,
Anco mutabile nel mal sarà.

Se non può, se non può,
D'astro inclemente pupilla dolente
Lo sdegno frangere, ne il ciel mutar,
Non giova a piangere, nel sospirar.

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  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , title 1: "If times are good", copyright ©, (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

If times are good
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
If times are good,
Fortune wanders, always changing,
It's not accustomed to remaining stable,
Yet bad times are changeable too.

If it's not possible,
That sad eyes can break down
Cruel harsh planets nor change the heavens,
It is no use to weep, nor to sigh.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 46