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

Not from the stars do I my judgement...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck;
And yet methinks I have Astronomy,
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons' quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well
By oft predict that I in heaven find:
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself, to store thou wouldst convert;
  Or else of thee this I prognosticate:
  Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-10
Line count: 14
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Non dalle stelle i miei giudizi ricavo
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Non dalle stelle i miei giudizi ricavo;
Eppure dell'Astrologia possiedo buona opinione,
ma non per pronosticare fato buono o cattivo,
carestie, pestilenze o mutar di stagione;
Neppure so profetizzare in un breve istante
segnalando ad ognuno piogge, vento o tuono
o rivelando se arrida fortuna all'uomo potente,
grazie ai segnali che nel cielo trovo:
Solo dagli occhi tuoi deriva il mio sapere,
che, come due stelle fisse, di ciò mi danno scienza:
che insieme verità e bellezza potranno prosperare
solo se dal tuo seme trarrai discendenza.
     Se tu non vorrai farlo, la mia profezia è questa:
     con la tua morte avrà fine anche virtù e bellezza.


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This text was added to the website: 2011-11-11
Line count: 14
Word count: 106