by Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374)
Translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874)

Pace non trovo, et non ò da far guerra
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG SPA
Pace non trovo, et non ò da far guerra;
e temo, et spero; et ardo, et son un ghiaccio;
et volo sopra 'l cielo, et giaccio in terra;
et nulla stringo, et tutto 'l mondo abbraccio.

Tal m'à in pregion, che non m'apre né serra,
né per suo mi riten né scioglie il laccio;
et non m'ancide Amore, et non mi sferra,
né mi vuol vivo, né mi trae d'impaccio.

Veggio senza occhi, et non ò lingua et grido;
et bramo di perir, et cheggio aita;
et ò in odio me stesso, et amo altrui.

Pascomi di dolor, piangendo rido;
egualmente mi spiace morte et vita:
in questo stato son, donna, per voi.

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Note: Liszt's second version is erroneously listed as Sonnet 104. Liszt and Rheinberger use modernized spellings (e.g., "ò" in the first line becomes "ho" ; "et" becomes "e"). Below is the text from Liszt's first version, Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1917. It is also used by Rheinberger:
Pace non trovo, e non ho da far guerra,
E temo, e spero, ed ardo, e son un ghiaccio:
E volo sopra 'l cielo, e giaccio in terra;
E nulla stringo, e [tutto 'l]1 mondo abbraccio.

Tal m'ha in priggion, che non m'apre, nè serra,
Nè per suo mi ritien, nè scioglie il laccio
E non m'ancide Amor, e non mi sferra;
Nè mi vuol vivo, nè mi trahe d'impaccio.

Veggio senz'occhi; e non ho lingua e grido;
E bramo di perir, e [cheggio]2 aita;
Ed ho in odio me stesso, ed amo altrui.

Pascomi di dolor, [piangendo rido]3,
Egualmente mi spiace morte e vita,
In questo stato son, Donna, per Voi.4
1 in Liszt's 2nd version (checked with the score published in 1922 by Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig), this is "tutto il"
2 in Liszt's 2nd version, this is "chiegio"
3 in Liszt's 2nd version, this is "piangendo io rido"
4 in the repetition of this line in Liszt's first version, he names the lady: "In questo stato son per Voi, O Laura, per Voi."

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

  • ENG English (Thomas Wyatt, Sir) , "I find no peace" [an adaptation]
  • ENG English (A. S. Kline) , no title, copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Francisque Reynard) , "Sonnet LXXXIX"
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , "No encuentro paz", copyright © 2007, (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: 14
Word count: 113

Fried' ist versagt mir
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Fried' ist versagt mir, vergebens träum' ich Schlachten; 
muß fürchten und hoffen, entbrennen in Schauern beben, 
dem stolzen Himmelsfluge folgt tief Verschmachten 
und kein Erlangen, kein weltenumfangendes Streben! 

Gefesselt so schwer all mein weichselndes Trachten, 
schnöd verschmäht darf ich mich nicht der Frohn entheben, 
der Dämon schont mich, ach, den wohl Bewachten, 
läßt mich vergehen und mißgönnt mir das Leben. 

Blöd sind die Blicke, und sie sind stumm, meine Klagen,
ich wählte Untergang und fürchte das Sterben, 
ja, mir blieb Haß für mich selber, da Liebe entwich. 

Lust ist mir nur mein Schmerz, und Tränen mein Behagen, 
Tod gilt gleich mir und Leben gleiches Verderben!
Also geschah mir, o Geliebte, um dich.

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Researcher for this text: Virginia Knight

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-19
Line count: 14
Word count: 112