by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Translation by Roberto Ascoli ( flourished 1891-1930 )

Time long past
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Like the ghost of a dear friend dead
Is Time long past.
A tone which is now forever fled,
A hope which is now forever past,
A love so sweet it could not last, 
Was Time long past.

There were sweet dreams in the night
Of Time long past:
And, was it sadness or delight,
Each day a shadow onward cast  
Which made us wish it yet might last--
That Time long past.

There is regret, almost remorse,
For Time long past.
'Tis like a child's beloved corse 
A father watches, till at last
Beauty is like remembrance, cast
From Time long past.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le temps lointain", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2005-01-28 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
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Word count: 103

Tempi assai lontani
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Come l'ombra di cara estinta vita
Sono i giorni lontani:
Un'armonia per sempre omai fuggita,
Una speme per sempre omai vanita,
Un dolce amor che non avrà domani
Sono i giorni lontani.

E quanti sogni nella notte fonda
Di quel tempo passato!
Ogni giorno parea triste o gioconda ombra
Che si proietti e si diffonda,
Illudendo che a lungo avria durato:
Tale il tempo passato!

Che mordente rammarico e che duolo
Pei dì lontani tanto!
Son come un esil morto corpicciulo
Che il padre veglia,
E infin gli resta, solo di sua grazia,
Il ricordo ed il rimpianto del dì lontani tanto.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
Line count: 18
Word count: 102