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

Tell me where is Fancy bred
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Tell me where is Fancy bred,
Or in the heart, or in the head?
How begot, how nourishèd?
Reply, reply.

It is engender'd in the eyes,
With gazing fed; and Fancy dies
In the cradle where it lies.
Let us all ring Fancy's knell:
I'll begin it, - Ding, dong, bell.

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Dimmi dove nasce amore
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Dimmi dove nasce amore,
Nella testa o dentro il cuore?
Quando è nato, chi lo nutre?
Dillo, dillo per favore.

E'dagli occhi generato,
dagli sguardi alimentato; infine muore
nella culla dove è nato.
Per lui a morto la campana,
din don, ora, ecco, risuona.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-06-14
Line count: 9
Word count: 44