Wednesday, August 31, 2016

THE COMPLETE CANZONIERE PETRARCH 54.

54. ‘PERCH’AL VISO D’AMOR PORTAVA INSEGNA,’
Because she bore Love’s emblems in her aspect,
a pilgrim, she vainly moved my heart,
so that all others seemed less worthy of honour.
And I followed her over the green grass:
hearing a loud voice from the distance:
‘Ah, how many steps you lose in this wood!’
I crouched in the shade of a lovely beech,
pensively: and looking all around me,
I saw many dangers on my road:
and turned back, almost at the point of noon.
THE COMPLETE
CANZONIERE
PETRARCH
A Translation into English by
A. S. KLINE