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

As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st
In one of thine, from that which thou departest;
And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestow'st
Thou may'st call thine when thou from youth convertest.
Herein lives wisdom, beauty and increase:
Without this, folly, age and cold decay:
If all were minded so, the times should cease
And threescore year would make the world away.
Let those whom Nature hath not made for store,
Harsh featureless and rude, barrenly perish:
Look, whom she best endow'd she gave the more;
Which bounteous gift thou shouldst in bounty cherish:
  She carved thee for her seal, and meant thereby
  Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die.

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Researcher for this text: Jeroen Scholten

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 116

Quanto ti toglierà vecchiezza, ti sarà...
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Quanto ti toglierà  vecchiezza, ti sarà ridato
in  uno dei tuoi figli, dove tornerà a fiorire;
e il sangue fresco che in gioventù hai donato
potrai chiamarlo tuo nel tuo declinare.
In questo vive saggezza, bellezza e accrescimento:
senza di questo è follia, vecchiezza e decadimento:
Se tutti la pensassero così, cesserebbe il tempo
e in sessant'anni avrebbe fine il mondo.
Chi Natura non destinò a lasciare erede,
perché sgraziato o deforme, può sterile perire:
Chi ella meglio dotò, e a te anche di più diede,
tale generoso regalo dovrebbe con dovizia usare:
      Nel crearti, Natura pose su di te un sigillo,
      per trasmetterlo ad altri conservando il modello.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-09-19
Line count: 14
Word count: 109