sometimes misattributed to Alberto Donini and possibly by Andrea Falconieri (1585 - 1656)
Translation © by Barbara Miller

Bella porta di rubini
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Bella porta di rubini
Ch'apri il varco ai dolci accenti,
Se nei risi peregrini
Scopri perle rilucenti,
Tu d'amor dolce aura spiri,
Refrigerio a miei martiri.

Vezzosetta e fresca rosa,
Umidetto e dolce labbro,
Ch'hai la manna rugiadosa
Sul bellissimo cinabro,
Non parlar ma ridi e taci:
Sien gli accenti i nostri baci.


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  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) , "Beautiful portal of rubies", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 12
Word count: 53

Beautiful portal of rubies
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Beautiful portal of rubies
That opens the way to sweet words,
That in the wandering laughter
Uncovers shining pearls,
You breath the sweet breeze of love,
Refreshment to my sufferings.

Caressing and fresh rose,
Moist and sweet lip,
You have the dewy manna
On your very beautiful cinnabar,
Do not speak, but laugh and be silent;
May our kisses be the words.


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This text was added to the website: 2005-08-14
Line count: 12
Word count: 62