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by Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374)
Translation © by Dominick Argento (1927 - 2019)

Quanta invidia io ti porto, avara terra
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Quanta invidia io ti porto, avara terra,
ch'abbracci quella cui veder m'è tolto,
et mi contendi l'aria del bel volto,
dove pace trovai d'ogni mia guerra!

Quanta ne porto al ciel, che chiude et serra
et sí cupidamente à in sé raccolto
lo spirto da le belle membra sciolto,
et per altrui sí rado si diserra!

Quanta invidia a quell'anime che 'n sorte
ànno or sua santa et dolce compagnia
la qual io cercai sempre con tal brama!

Quant'a la dispietata et dura Morte,
ch'avendo spento in lei la vita mia,
stassi né suoi begli occhi, et me non chiama!

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This text was added to the website: 2012-06-08
Line count: 14
Word count: 100

Sonnet 300 (Quanta invidia io ti porto)
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
What a grudge I hold against you, selfish earth
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This text was added to the website: 2012-06-08
Line count: 14
Word count: 127