INFERNO V, ll.127-138 from HELL, Canto V
Dante Alighieritr. Peter Dean
Noi leggevamo un giorno per diletto
Di Lancilotto, come amor lo strinse:
Soli eravamo e senza alcun sospetto.

Per piu fiate gli occhi ci sospinse
Quella lettura, e scolorocci 'l viso:
Ma solo un punto fu quel che ci vinse.

Quando leggemmo il disiato riso
Esser baciato da cotanto amante,
Questi, che mai da me non fia diviso,

La bocca mi bacio tutto tremante:
Galeotto fu il libro chi lo scrisse:
Quel giorno piu no vi leggemmo avante.
As we were reading one day with delight
About Lancelot, how he'd been struck by love,
We were alone, all quiet, out of sight.

From time to time from words our eyes did rove
Above the page, our faces start to blush:
But one sole item was the thing that drove.

When we read of her welcome smile - come-in-a-rush -
At being embraced by such a man as he,
The one whom nothing from my side could push

Full on the mouth kissed me most passionately:
Banished was book and banished he who wrote:
That day we read no more, no more read we.


Trans. Copyright © Peter Dean 2003


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