by Luigi Balestra (1808 - 1863)
Translation © by Anne Evans

La seduzione
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Era bella com'angiol del cielo,
Innocente degl'anni sul fiore,
Ed il palpito primo d'amore
Un crudele nel cor le destò.

Inesperta, fidente ne' giuri,
Sè commise all'amante sleale; 
Fu sedotta! e l'anello nuziale, 
Poveretta, ma indarno invocò.

All'infamia dannata, allo scherno,
Nove lune gemé la tradita;
Poi, consunta dal duolo la vita,
Pregò venia al crudele e spirò.

Ed il frutto del vil tradimento
Nel sepolcro posogli d'appresso;
Là non sorse una croce, un cipresso,
Non un sasso il suo nome portò.


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  • ENG English (Anne Evans) , title 1: "The seduction", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La séduction", copyright © 2015, (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: 16
Word count: 82

The seduction
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
She was as beautiful as an angel in heaven 
and as innocent as a budding flower
When the cruel one aroused 
the first stirrings of love in her heart.

Inexperienced and trusting, 
she was seduced and betrayed
And pleaded in vain 
for a wedding ring.

Doomed to shame and scorn, 
she groaned for nine months
Then consumed by grief, 
she begged pardon for her disloyal lover and died.

The fruit of the vile betrayal 
was laid in the grave soon after
But there no cross or cypress stood, 
no stone bearing her name.


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This text was added to the website: 2005-01-12
Line count: 16
Word count: 93