by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)
Translation by John Addington Symonds (1840 - 1893)

Di morte certo, ma non già dell' ora;
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE
Di morte certo, ma non già dell' ora;
la vita è breve, e poco me n'avanza;
diletta al senso è non però la stanza
a l'alma, che mi priega pur ch' i' mora.

Il mondo è cieco, e 'l tristo esempio ancora
vince e sommerge ogni prefetta usanza;
spent' è la luce, e seco ogni baldanza;
trionfa il falso, e 'l ver non surge fora.

Deh quando fie, Signor, quel che s'aspetta
per chi ti crede? Ch' ogni troppo indugio
tronca la speme, el' alma fa mortale.

Che val che tanto lume altrui prometta,
s' anzi vien morte, e senz' alcun refugio
ferma per sempre in che stato altri assale?

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Waiting for Death
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
My death must come; but when, I do not know:
Life's short, and little life remains for me:
Fain would my flesh abide; my soul would flee
Heavenward, for still she calls on me to go.

Blind is the world; and evil here below
O'erwhelms and triumphs over honesty:
The light is quenched; quenched too is bravery:
Lies reign, and truth hath ceased her face to show.

When will that day dawn, Lord, for which he waits
Who trusts in Thee? Lo, this prolonged delay
Destroys all hope and robs the soul of life.

Why streams the light from those celestial gates,
If death prevent the day of grace, and stay
Our souls for ever in the toils of strife?

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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-12
Line count: 14
Word count: 120