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

Chi sei tu che mi parli ove non s'ode
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Chi sei tu che mi parli ove non s'ode
respiro di viventi, oh! chi sei tu?
Perché, invisibil démone custode,
t'ho sempre al fianco, e non mi lasci più?

Perché una cupa, inesorata, immane
malinconia su 'l mio cervel piombò?
Perché più nulla, ahi! nulla, mi rimane
del divin sogno che il mio cor sognò?

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Line count: 8
Word count: 55

Who do you think you are, that you can...
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Who do you think you are, that you can insinuate
That I should not listen to the breath of life1? Oh! Who do you think you are?
Why, invisible, watchful demon,
Are you always by my side and cease not to pester me?

Why does a dark, relentless, enormous
Melancholy melt into my heart?
Why am I given none, alas, none
Of the divine love for which my heart yearns?

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1 or "taste the essence of life"

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This text was added to the website: 2007-01-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 70