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Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)

They Flee From Me

They flee from me, that sometime did me seek,
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek
That now are wild, and do not remember
That sometime they put themselves in danger
To take bread at my hand, and now they range,
Busily seeking with a continual change.

Thanked be fortune it hath been otherwise
Twenty times better; but once, in special,
In thin array, after a pleasant guise,
When her loose gown from her shoulders did fall,
And she me caught in her arms long and small,
Therewith all sweetly did me kiss
And softly said, “Dear heart, how like you this?”

It was no dream; I lay broad waking;
But all is turned, through my gentleness,
Into a strange fashion of forsaking;
And I have leave to go of her goodness,
And she also to use newfangleness.
But since that I so kindly am served
I would fain know what she hath deserved.

Autori Elisabettiani

by  Gabbrielli Fiornando

La poesia  pp. 105 Dim.: 252 kb. downloads: 3022
A representative collection of Elizabethan poems, mainly by Shakespeare and John Donne, with parallel English texts, translated with feeling by Fiornando Gabbrielli, introducing us to the great sensibility of that period, mingled with the irony that we know from Shakespeare’s plays, but forthright and sincere in setting on paper and analysing human feelings. The last poems of the collection are a fascinating exercise in re-translation: one of Petrarch’s sonnets, translated into English in the 16th century by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is then put back into Italian by Gabbrielli, revealing the mechanisms of transformation that the process of translation always implies.
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