by Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863 - 1938)
Translation © by Linda Godry

Quand'io ti guardo con occhi ebbri, e...
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Quand'io ti guardo con occhi ebbri, e stanco
tu alfin sorridi, ma il tuo cor si frange;
quando ridendo tu mi stringi a 'l fianco,
ma in fondo a te grave un'angoscia piange;

un desiderio acuto di morire
m'assal con voluttà tranquilla e mesta:
vorrei porre la man su la tua testa
e te sempre adorare e benedire;

vorrei volare tra 'l baglior che scende
in pioggia d'oro su 'l deserto lito,
e per le nubi che 'l tramonto accende
dileguare con te ne l'infinito.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 85

When I watch you besottedly, until you
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
When  I watch you besottedly, until you
finally give me a weak smile, oh you fickle heart;
when will you come back to my side,
you, who give me so much heartache.

The hot desire to die
Overwhelms me with calm, heartfelt need:
I wish to lay my hand on your head
And worship you and bless you forever.

I want to fly with a stroke of lightning
Through golden rain, across the stony desert,
And with the clouds, whom the relentless wind
Drives on eternally.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-01-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 86