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Was I not softly hushed, - here fondly reared ?
the ancient flame Is not extinguished yet, that raised the Italian name !
Mark, sovereign lords, how Time, with pinion strong, Swift hurries life along! E’en now, behold, Death presses on the rear! We sojourn here a day, the next, are gone ! The soul, disrobed, alone, Must shuddering seek the doubtful pass we fear. O, at the dreaded bourn Abase the lofty brow of wrathi and scorn! (Storms adverse to the eternal calm on high!) And ye, whose cruelty Has sought another's harm, by fairer deed Of heart or hand or intellect, aspire To win the honest meed Of just renown, the noble mind's desire ! Thus sweet on earth the stay! Thus to the spirit pure unbarred is heaven's way!
My song, with courtesy, and numbers sooth,
Francesco Petrarca. Tr. Lady Dacre.
NAIR land, once loved of Heaven o'er all beside,
Which blue waves gird and lofty mountains screen! Thou clime of fertile fields and sky serene, Whose gay expanse the Apennines divide ! What boots it now, that Rome's old warlike pride Left thee of humbled earth and sea the queen ? Nations, that served thee then, now fierce convene To tear thy locks and strew them o'er the tide. And lives there son of thine so base at core, Who, luring foreign friends to thine embrace, Stabs to the heart thy beauteous, bleeding frame ? Are these the noble deeds of ancient fame? Thus do ye God's almighty name adore ? O hardened age! 0 false and recreant race!
Pietro Bembo. Tr. Anon. TO ITALY.
THANKS bę to God, my feet are now addressed,
Proud Italy, at After six weary years, since destiny Forbids me in tly dear-loved lap to rest. With weeping eyes, with look and heart depressed, Upon my natal soil I bend the knee, While hope and joy my troubled spirit flee, And anguish, rage, and terror fill my breast. I turn me, then, the snowy Alps to tread, And seek the Gaul, more kindly prompt to greet The child of other lands, than thou art thine: Here, in these shady vales, mine old retreat, I lay, in solitude, mine aching head, Since Heaven decrees, and thou dost so incline.
Luigi Alamanni. Tr. Anon.
FROM ignominious sleep, where age on age
Thy torpid faculties have slumbering lain,
Have worn the yoke which bows to earth thy neck,
Giovanni Guidiccioni. Tr. Anon.
TALYI Italy! thou who ’rt doomed to wear
The fatal gift of beauty, and possess The dower funest of infinite wretchedness Written upon thy forehead by despair ; Ah! would that thou wert stronger, or less fair, That they might fear thee more, or love thee less, Who in the splendor of thy loveliness Seem wasting, yet to mortal combat dare ! Then from the Alps I should not see descending Such torrents of armed men, nor Gallic horde Drinking the wave of Po, distained with gore, Nor should I see thee girded with a sword Not thine, and with the stranger's arm contending, Victor or vanquished, slave forevermore.
Vincenzo da Filicaja. Tr. H. W. Longfellow.
LAND of beauty, garlanded with pine
And luscious grape vines, 'neath whose vaulted skies Of blue eternal, marble mansions rise, And roseate flowers from every lattice shine !
Still have the nations striven from of yore
SEA-COAST OF ITALY.
instigate Taranto's prince, to arm
His valiant people for the mighty shock, And save his brother from impending harm,
Imprisoned by the foe, disastrous stroke!
And keeping well at sea from sand or rock;
Capraia and Gorgona having past,
She turns towards the left the glittering protr ; Leghorn, then Elba, famous for its vast
Ferruginous mines; and low Faleria now, And Piombino are behind her cast;
Countries which still to Ocean's monarch bow; Where still the eagle, with triumphant wings, O’er mountain, plain, and sea his shadow flings.