from "LA VITA NUOVA" IX RIDING THE OTHER DAY ALONG A TRACK ...
Dante Alighieritr. A. S. Kline
Cavalcando l'altr'ier per un cammino,
pensoso de l'andar che mi sgradia,
trovai Amore in mezzo de la via
in abito leggier di peregrino.
Ne la sembianza mi parea meschino,
come avesse perduto segnoria;
e sospirando pensoso venia,
per non veder la gente, a capo chino.
Quando mi vide, mi chiamò per nome,
e disse: "Io vegno di lontana parte,
ov'era lo tuo cor per mio volere;
e recolo a servir novo piacere."
Allora presi di lui sì gran parte,
ch'elli disparve, e non m'accorsi come.
Riding the other day along a track,
thinking of the journey I disliked,
I found Amor in the middle of the way
in the simple dress of a traveller.
In his countenance, wretched, he seemed to me
as if he had lost a ruler-ship:
and he came sighing thoughtfully
not seeing anyone, with head bowed low.
When he saw me he called me by name,
and said: I come from a distant place
from where your heart was according to my wish:
and bring it back to serve new pleasures.
Then I took from him so great a part
that he vanished, and I did not see how.


Trans. Copyright © A. S. Kline 2003


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