DONNA, DEO MI DIRA ... GOD WILL, O LADY, SAY ...
Guido Guinizellitr. Peter Dean
Donna, Deo mi dira: "Che presomisti?"
siando l’alma mia a lui davanti.
"Lo ciel passasti e ‘nfin a Me venisti,
e desti in vano amor Me per semblanti;
ch’a Me conven le laude
e a la reina del regname degno,
per cui cessa onne fraude."
Dir Li poro: "Tenne d’angel sembianza
che fosse del Tuo regno;
non me fu fallo, s’in lei posi amanza."
"What gave you right?" God will, o Lady, say
to me when I present myself above.
"You come to me - heaven passing on the way -
claiming to see divinity in mortal love;
to me belongs that praise
and to this kingdom’s worthy queen
whose virtue all sin stays."
But I’ll reply to Him: "In everything
she seemed just what Your angels would have been:
I did no wrong to love, no wrong in loving."

Trans. Copyright © Peter Dean 2002


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