by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

The infinite shining heavens
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT ITA
The infinite shining heavens
Rose, and I saw in the night
Uncountable angel stars
Showering sorrow and light.

I saw them distant as heaven,
Dumb and shining and dead,
And the idle stars of the night
Were dearer to me than bread.

Night after night in my sorrow
The stars [stood]1 over the sea,
Till lo! I looked in the dusk
And a star had come down to me.

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1 Vaughan Williams: "looked"


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Els cels infinits i resplendents", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "I cieli splendenti e infiniti", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 69

I cieli splendenti e infiniti
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
I cieli splendenti e infiniti
Si sono levati, e nella notte ho visto
Innumerevoli angeliche stelle
Che spargono  luce e tristezza.
Le ho visto come il cielo lontane,
mute e splendenti e insensibili,
e le immobili stelle notturne
mi erano più care del pane.
Per notti e notti, nella mia tristezza,
Le stelle stavano sospese sul mare,
fin quando, ecco! Ho scrutato nel crepuscolo
e una stella verso di me è discesa.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-10-23
Line count: 12
Word count: 72