by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612)
Translation © by Timothy Hoekman

O primavera, gioventù dell'anno
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
O primavera, gioventù dell'anno,
Bella madre de' fiori,
D'erbe novelle e di novelli amori!
Tu torni ben, ma teco
Non tornano i sereni
e fortunati dì delle mie gioie.
Tu torni ben, tu torni, 
Ma teco altro non torna,
Che del perduto mio caro tesoro
La rimembranza misera e dolente.
Tu quella sei, pur quella 
Ch'eri pur dianzi sì vezzosa e bella,
Ma non son io quel, che già un tempo fui,
Sì caro agli occhi altrui.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "O springtime", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 77

O spring, the year's prime
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
O spring, the year's prime,
beautiful mother of flowers, 
of new meadows and new loves,
you return, but with you
do not return the calm
and blessed days of my happiness.
You return indeed,
but with you returns nothing but the miserable
and painful remembrance
of the loss of my dearest treasure.
You are still as
you were before, so charming and beautiful,
while I am not the same as I once was,
so dear to the eyes of another.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-10-05
Line count: 14
Word count: 80