by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Carlo Rusconi (1819 - 1889)

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT FIN ITA
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever;
[ One foot in sea and one on shore;
To one thing constant never. ]1
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no more,
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
[ The fraud of men was ever so
Since summer first was leavy. ]1
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

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Non sospirar più, donzella, non sospirar...
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Non sospirar più, donzella, non sospirar più; 
gli uomini furono sempre ingannatori: 
un piede in mare l’altro sulle sponde, 
l’umano cuore non formò mai voti costanti. 
Non gemere quindi così, non mandare un singulto, 
e lascia partir quegli amanti infedeli: 
sii lieta e gioconda, 
e volgi tutti i lamenti in inni di piacere. 

Racconsolatevi dei vostri vani dolori giovani bellezze, 
che l’amore ha tradito: 
le frodi degli uomini sempre esisterono, 
dacché l’estate fu coronato di foglie e di fiori.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-24
Line count: 12
Word count: 79