by Gabriello Chiabrera (1552 - 1638)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

La violetta
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
La violetta
ch'en su l'erbetta
apre al mattin novella
di' non è cosa
tutt'odorosa
tutta leggiadra e bella?

Sì certamente
che dolcemente
elle ne spira odori
e n'empie il petto
di bel diletto
col bel de suoi colori.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "The violet", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La violette", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Das Veilchen", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-31
Line count: 12
Word count: 38

The violet
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The violet
coming up in the meads
blooms in the young morn --
say, isn't it
completely fragrant
graceful and lovely?

Yes, for certain
it lusciously
breathes out its fragrance
and fills the heart
of the beloved one
with the beauty of its hues.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-02-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 43