by Girolamo Ascanio Giustiniani ( flourished 1724 )
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

O Signor chi sarà mai
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG
O Signor chi sarà mai che giunger possa colà
dove avete posta la beata vostra sede?
Chi goder l’almo riposo
che nel santo vostro monte
esser possa gli mercede?

Chi? Quegli solo che vi s’accosta volgendo il passo 
dal torto calle della nequizia 
e le cui opre conformi
sono alle divine e sante
leggi della giustizia.

Chi ha’l cor sincero
la lingua pura da frode e inganno
chi altrui non nuoce 
e non ascolta quante si spargono nere calunnie
quante all’altrui danno.

Cui l’empio e maligno un nulla rassembra
e quello in cui regna il santo di Dio 
dovuto timore ha in pregio ed onore.

Chi inviolabile mantien la fe
nè del suo prossimo è ingannator
e non raccoglie ingiusto lucro dal suo danaro 
nè a doni stende l’avara mano 
ond’egli debba degl’innocenti farsi oppressor.

A chiunque tal sia d’alzarsi lice
a quell’alma immortal sede felice.


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  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "Oh Lord who will there ever be", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Oh Lord who will there ever be
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
O Lord, who will there ever be who can arrive there
where you have set your beautiful throne?
Who to enjoy the [noble] rest
which upon your holy mountain
may be the wage?

Who? Only those who approach you, turning their steps
from the twisted [path] of iniquity,
and whose works of the same [twisted] shape
are to the divine and holy
laws of justice.

He who has a sincere heart,
a tongue pure of fraud and deceit,
who does not do harm to others
and does not heed how much they sow black slander,
how much they torment others.

He who does not at all resemble the wicked and evil [ones]
and in whom reigns the [holiness] of God;
he [should] have fear in virtue and honor.

He who unbreakably maintains faith,
[who] is neither the deceiver of his neighbor
nor collects unjust profits on his [wealth], 
nor in gifts extends his avaricious hand 
so that he should become the oppressor of the innocent.

To anyone such there be who rises [lawfully],
to that immortal soul [the] seat [of happiness].


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This text was added to the website: 2019-09-11
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Word count: 181