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

Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Upon thy self thy beauty's legacy?
Nature's bequest gives nothing, but doth lend,
And being frank she lends to those are free:
Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse
The bounteous largess given thee to give?
Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?
For having traffic with thy self alone,
Thou of thy self thy sweet self dost deceive:
Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?
  Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee,
  Which, used, lives th' executor to be.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-07
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Grazia sperperatrice, perché consumi
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Grazia sperperatrice, perché consumi
Solo per te il lascito della tua bellezza?
La Natura dà in prestito e non concede doni,
e solo a chi è generoso, generosa presta:
Quindi, mio bello avaro, perché fai abuso
Del regalo sontuoso che ti fu dato da dare?
Arido usuraio, perché fai uso
Di così grandi ricchezze, e non vivi neppure?
Ché facendo commercio con te stesso soltanto,
solo il tuo dolce te stesso riesci a ingannare:
E quando Natura ti dirà che è arrivato il momento
Con quale rendiconto ti potrai congedare?
La tua non usata bellezza sarà con te seppellita,
vivrà come tua erede se invece l'avrai usata.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-25
Line count: 14
Word count: 107