by John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

To one who has been long in city pent
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
To one who has been long in city pent,
 'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
 And open face of heaven, -- to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
Who is more happy, when, with hearts content,
 Fatigued he sinks into some pleasant lair
 Of wavy grass, and reads a debonair
And gentle tale of love and languishment?
Returning home at evening, with an ear
 Catching the notes of Philomel, -- an eye
Watching the sailing cloudlet's bright career,
 He mourns that day so soon has glided by:
E'en like the passage of an angel's tear
 That falls through the clear ether silently.

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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Per chi molto tempo restò nelle città rinchiuso", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-02-13
Line count: 14
Word count: 107

Per chi molto tempo restò nelle città rinchiuso
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Per chi molto tempo restò nelle città rinchiuso
è tanto dolce cosa lo sguardo sollevare
verso il volto aperto e leggiadro del cielo -- e respirare,
pregando, immerso nel sorriso del firmamento azzurro.
Chi mai più felice sarà di colui che, con la pace in cuore,
stanco si immerge in un angolo ameno
d'erba ondulata, a leggere un delicato
e gentile racconto d'amore e di languore?
A sera, ritornando a casa, l'orecchio
tendendo al canto di Filomela, con l'occhio
rimirando la luminosa corsa di veleggianti nubi,
egli rimpiange il giorno che rapido è trascorso:
simile al passaggio di una lacrima d'angelo
che silenziosa nell'aria chiara cade.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-02-23
Line count: 14
Word count: 105