by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

A la bruma, al giatio e al vento
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
A la bruma, al giatio1 e al vento,
per seguir Amor tiranno,
patir pene2 fui contento
per uscir un dì d'affanno:
Ma ben veggio3 che hor m'inganno
et cantar ben posso ognhora4:

«E d'un bel matin5
che fu' serà di fora6,
che fu' serà di fora a la rosata.»

De' chi harebbe7 mai creduto
mia mercè8 venir ad tale,
al gran ben che ho già voluto,
a chi brama hora el9 mio male
e mi dona cagion tale?
Cantar ben poss'i' ad ognhora.

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Notes provided by Laura Prichard:
1 Renaisance Italian (not modern usage) for ice/frost
2 modern pronunciation should be "pena," as "pene" is now a vulgar anatomical reference
3 veggente means "clairvoyant, full of self-knowledge" in modern Italian
4 Reniassance Italian contraction of "ogni hora"
5 compare to modern Italian "è una bella giornata" it's a beatiful day
6 to puncture, to pluck, or the play the game of taking off individual flower petals to divine an answer, as in "She loves me, she loves me not," or in Italian, "M'ama, non m'ama."
7 modern Italian would be "sarebbe"
8 in modern Italian, mercé means mercy, in Renaissance Italian, mercè means unconsummated romantic feelings, and is sometimes translated "pity" or "longing"
9 modern Italian would be "il mio"


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Through the mist, the ice, and the wind", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Dan Smith , Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2013-01-02
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