by Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869 - 1935)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

An inscription by the sea
Language: English  after the Greek (Ελληνικά) 
Available translation(s): ITA
No dust have I to cover me,
My grave no man may show;
My tomb is this unending sea,
And I lie far below.
My fate, O stranger, was to drown;
And where it was the ship went down
Is what the sea-birds know.


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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Una iscrizione", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Una iscrizione
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Non mi copre la terra
E nessuno può indicare il sepolcro;
il mare infinito mi è tomba
e giaccio sotto l'acqua profonda.
Annegare, o straniero, fu il mio destino
E dove la nave affondò nell'abisso
Lo conosce  soltanto il gabbiano.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-21
Line count: 7
Word count: 40