AMOR, EO CHERO MIA DONNA
IN DOMINO ...
LOVE, I DEMAND TO HAVE MY LADY
IN FEE ...
Lapo Gianni tr. Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Amor, eo chero mia donna in domino,
L'Arno balsamo fino,
Le mura di fiorenza inargentate,
Lu Rughe di Cristallo lastricate,
Fortezze alte merlate,
Mio fedel fosse ciaschedun Latino,
Il mondo in pace, secuor'l camino,
Non mi noccia vicino,
E l'aira temperata verno e state,
Mille donne e donzelle adornate,
Sempre d'amor pregiate,
Meco cantasser la sera e'l mattino,
E giardin fruttuosi di gran giro
Con grande uccellagione,
Pien di condutti d'acqua e cacciagione,
Bel mi trovasse come fu Absalone,
Sansone pareggiasse e Salamone,
Servaggi di Barone,
Sonar viole, chitarre, e canzone,
Poscia dover entrar nel Cielo empiro.
Love, I demand to have my lady in fee.
Fine balm let Arno be;
The walls of Florence all of silver rear'd,
And crystal pavements in the public way.
With castles make me fear'd,
Till every Latin soul have own'd my sway.
Be the world peaceful; safe throughout each path;
No neighbour to breed wrath;
The air, Summer and Winter, temperate.
A thousand dames and damsels richly clad
Upon my choice to wait,
Singing by day and night to make me glad.
Let me have fruitful gardens of great girth
Fill'd with the strife of birds,
With water-springs, and beasts that house i' the earth.
Let me seem Solomon for lore of words,
Samson for strength, for beauty Absalom.
Knights as my serfs be given;
And as I will, let music go and come;
Till at the last thou bring me into Heaven.

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