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

Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Then let not winter's ragged hand deface,
In thee thy summer, ere thou be distilled:
Make sweet some vial; treasure thou some place
With beauty's treasure ere it be self-killed.
That use is not forbidden usury,
Which happies those that pay the willing loan;
That's for thy self to breed another thee,
Or ten times happier, be it ten for one;
Ten times thy self were happier than thou art,
If ten of thine ten times refigured thee:
Then what could death do if thou shouldst depart,
Leaving thee living in posterity?
  Be not self-willed, for thou art much too fair
  To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-07
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Word count: 110

Non consentire che il tocco ruvido...
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Non consentire che il tocco ruvido dell'inverno devasti,
l'estate tua, prima che ne ricavi l'essenza,
rendi dolce un'ampolla; un luogo impreziosisci,
con tesori di bellezza prima che di sua mano si spenga.
Non è usura vietata l'interesse
Che rende lieto chi paga un prestito voluto;
e che consiste nel creare da te un altro te stesso,
o dieci volte meglio, se dieci a uno è pagato;
E dieci volte  saresti più lieto ancora
Se ognuno dei tuoi dieci, per dieci ti rifigurasse:
cosa potrebbe la morte, quando sarai dipartito, allora
se nella posterità di vivere ti riuscisse?
Non essere testardo, troppo bello tu sei
Per esser preda di morte, e fare i vermi tuoi eredi.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-25
Line count: 14
Word count: 115