by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Look in thy glass and tell the face thou...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest
Now is the time that face should form another;
Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother.
For where is she so fair whose unear'd womb
Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tomb
Of his self-love, to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mother's glass and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime;
So thou through windows of thine age shalt see,
Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time.
  But if thou live, remember'd not to be,
  Die single and thine image dies with thee.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-07
Line count: 14
Word count: 115

Rimirati nel tuo specchio e di' al volto...
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Rimirati nel tuo specchio e di' al volto che vedi
Che è giunto il tempo di modellarne un altro ancora;
Ché se ora il suo fresco aspetto non rinnovi,
defrauderesti il mondo e priveresti una madre di gioia.
Perché dov'è la donna leggiadra il cui non solcato grembo
Sdegni l'aratro della tua virilità?
O dove si trova uomo così stolto, per amor di se stesso,
da farsi tomba della sua posterità?
Tu sei lo specchio di tua madre ed ella ricorda,
Per mezzo tuo, il dolce Aprile della sua prima stagione ;
E così tu, per le finestre dell' età tua tarda,
a dispetto di rughe, degli anni tuoi dorati potrai avere visione.
Ma se vivere intendi, senza che tua memoria duri,
da solo morirai, e le tua immagine pure.     

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-25
Line count: 14
Word count: 130