Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Count Carlo Pepoli By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Count Carlo Pepoli By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Count Carlo Pepoli This wearisome and this distressing sleep That we call life, O how dost thou support, My Pepoli? With what hopes feedest thou Thy heart? Say in what thoughts, and in what deeds, Agreeable or sad, dost thou invest The idleness thy ancestors bequeathed To thee, a dull and heavy h... »

Hymn To The Patriarchs By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Hymn To The Patriarchs By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Hymn To The Patriarchs OR OF THE BEGINNINGS OF THE HUMAN RACE. Illustrious fathers of the human race, Of you, the song of your afflicted sons Will chant the praise; of you, more dear, by far, Unto the Great Disposer of the stars, Who were not born to wretchedness, like ours. Immedicable woes, a life... »

To The Spring By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Spring By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Spring OR OF THE FABLES OF THE ANCIENTS. Now that the sun the faded charms Of heaven again restores, And gentle zephyr the sick air revives, And the dark shadows of the clouds Are put to flight, And birds their naked breasts confide Unto the wind, and the soft light, With new desire of love, ... »

The Dream By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Dream By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Dream It was the morning; through the shutters closed, Along the balcony, the earliest rays Of sunlight my dark room were entering; When, at the time that sleep upon our eyes Its softest and most grateful shadows casts, There stood beside me, looking in my face, The image dear of her, who taught... »

To A Victor In A Game Of Pallone By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To A Victor In A Game Of Pallone By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To A Victor In A Game Of Pallone The face of glory and her pleasant voice, O fortunate youth, now recognize, And how much nobler than effeminate sloth Are manhood’s tested energies. Take heed, O generous champion, take heed, If thou thy name by worthy thought or deed, From Time’s all-swe... »

L’infinito By Count Giacomo Leopardi

L’infinito By Count Giacomo Leopardi

L’Infinito Sempre caro mi fu quest’ermo colle E questa siepe che da tanta parte De’l ultimo orrizonte il guarde esclude. Ma sedendo e mirando interminati Spazi di la da quella, e sovrumani Silenzi, e profondissima quiete, Io nel pensier mi fingo, ove per poco Il cor non si spaura. ... »

Consalvo By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Consalvo By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Consalvo Approaching now the end of his abode On earth, Consalvo lay; complaining once, Of his hard fate, but now quite reconciled, When, in the midst of his fifth lustre, o’er His head oblivion, so longed-for, hung. As for some time, so, on his dying day, He lay, abandoned by his dearest frie... »

The Lonely Sparrow By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Lonely Sparrow By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Lonely Sparrow Thou from the top of yonder antique tower, O lonely sparrow, wandering, hast gone, Thy song repeating till the day is done, And through this valley strays the harmony. How Spring rejoices in the fields around, And fills the air with light, So that the heart is melted at the sight!... »

To Himself By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Himself By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Himself Nor wilt thou rest forever, weary heart. The last illusion is destroyed, That I eternal thought. Destroyed! I feel all hope and all desire depart, For life and its deceitful joys. Forever rest! Enough! Thy throbbings cease! Naught can requite thy miseries; Nor is earth worthy of thy sighs... »

Imitation By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Imitation By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Imitation Wandering from the parent bough, Little, trembling leaf, Whither goest thou? ‘From the beech, where I was born, By the north wind was I torn. Him I follow in his flight, Over mountain, over vale, From the forest to the plain, Up the hill, and down again. With him ever on the way: Mor... »

Calm After Storm By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Calm After Storm By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Calm After Storm The storm hath passed; I hear the birds rejoice; the hen, Returned into the road again, Her cheerful notes repeats. The sky serene Is, in the west, upon the mountain seen: The country smiles; bright runs the silver stream. Each heart is cheered; on every side revive The sounds, the ... »

The Infinite By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Infinite By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Infinite This solitary hill has always been dear to me And this hedge, which prevents me from seeing most of The endless horizon. But when I sit and gaze, I imagine, in my thoughts Endless spaces beyond the hedge, An all encompassing silence and a deeply profound quiet, To the point that my hear... »

To Angelo Mai, By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Angelo Mai, By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Angelo Mai, ON HIS DISCOVERY OF THE LOST BOOKS OF CICERO, ‘DE REPUBLICA.’ Italian bold, why wilt thou never cease The fathers from their tombs to summon forth? Why bring them, with this dead age to converse, That stifled is by enemies and by sloth? And why dost thou, voice of our ance... »

Love And Death By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Love And Death By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Love And Death Children of Fate, in the same breath Created were they, Love and Death. Such fair creations ne’er were seen, Or here below, or in the heaven serene. The first, the source of happiness, The fount whence flows the greatest bliss That in the sea of being e’er is found; The la... »

First Love By Count Giacomo Leopardi

First Love By Count Giacomo Leopardi

First Love Ah, well can I the day recall, when first The conflict fierce of love I felt, and said: If _this_ be love, how hard it is to bear! With eyes still fixed intent upon the ground, I saw but _her_, whose artless innocence, Triumphant took possession of this heart. Ah, Love, how badly hast tho... »

The Resurrection By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Resurrection By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Resurrection I thought I had forever lost, Alas, though still so young, The tender joys and sorrows all, That unto youth belong; The sufferings sweet, the impulses Our inmost hearts that warm; Whatever gives this life of ours Its value and its charm. What sore laments, what bitter tears O’... »

To His Sister Paolina, By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To His Sister Paolina, By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To His Sister Paolina, ON HER APPROACHING MARRIAGE. Since now thou art about to leave Thy father’s quiet house, And all the phantoms and illusions dear, That heaven-born fancies round it weave, And to this lonely region lend their charm, Unto the dust and noise of life condemned, By destiny, s... »

Night Song Of A Wandering Shepherd In Asia By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Night Song Of A Wandering Shepherd In Asia By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Night Song Of A Wandering Shepherd In Asia What doest thou in heaven, O moon? Say, silent moon, what doest thou? Thou risest in the evening; thoughtfully Thou wanderest o’er the plain, Then sinkest to thy rest again. And art thou never satisfied With going o’er and o’er the selfsam... »

Fragment I By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Fragment I By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Fragment I I round the threshold wandering here, Vainly the tempest and the rain invoke, That they may keep my lady prisoner. And yet the wind was howling in the woods, The roving thunder bellowing in the clouds, Before the dawn had risen in the sky. O ye dear clouds! O heaven! O earth! O trees! My ... »

The Last Song Of Sappho By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Last Song Of Sappho By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Last Song Of Sappho Thou tranquil night, and thou, O gentle ray Of the declining moon; and thou, that o’er The rock appearest, ‘mid the silent grove, The messenger of day; how dear ye were, And how delightful to these eyes, while yet Unknown the furies, and grim Fate! But now, No gen... »

To Italy (1818) By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Italy (1818) By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Italy (1818) My country, I the walls, the arches see, The columns, statues, and the towers Deserted, of our ancestors; But, ah, the glory I do not behold, The laurel and the sword, that graced Our sires of old. Now, all unarmed, a naked brow, A naked breast dost thou display. Ah, me, how many wou... »

On An Old Sepuchral Bas-Relief By Count Giacomo Leopardi

On An Old Sepuchral Bas-Relief By Count Giacomo Leopardi

On An Old Sepuchral Bas-Relief WHERE IS SEEN A YOUNG MAIDEN, DEAD, IN THE ACT OF DEPARTING, TAKING LEAVE OF HER FAMILY. Where goest thou? Who calls Thee from my dear ones far away? Most lovely maiden, say! Alone, a wanderer, dost thou leave Thy father’s roof so soon? Wilt thou unto its thresho... »

Chorus Of The Dead By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Chorus Of The Dead By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Chorus Of The Dead And all returns to Thee, alone eternal, And all Thee returning. Oh Death, in Thy vast shadow, Simple and bare we languish, Not happy, but from the anguish Of life at last set free. The night profoundly Falls on the shaken spirit, And dark in dark confuses; The withered soul sourag... »

The Lonely Life By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Lonely Life By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Lonely Life The morning rain, when, from her coop released, The hen, exulting, flaps her wings, when from The balcony the husbandman looks forth, And when the rising sun his trembling rays Darts through the falling drops, against my roof And windows gently beating, wakens me. I rise, and gratefu... »

To The Moon By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Moon By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Moon O lovely moon, how well do I recall The time,–’tis just a year–when up this hill I came, in my distress, to gaze at thee: And thou suspended wast o’er yonder grove, As now thou art, which thou with light dost fill. But stained with mist, and tremulous, appeared Th... »

On The Portrait Of A Beautiful Woman, By Count Giacomo Leopardi

On The Portrait Of A Beautiful Woman, By Count Giacomo Leopardi

On The Portrait Of A Beautiful Woman, CARVED ON HER MONUMENT. Such _wast_ thou: now in earth below, Dust and a skeleton thou art. Above thy bones and clay, Here vainly placed by loving hands, Sole guardian of memory and woe, The image of departed beauty stands. Mute, motionless, it seems with pensiv... »

Fragment Ii By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Fragment Ii By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Fragment Ii The light of day was fading in the west, The smoke no more from village chimneys curled, Nor voice of man, nor bark of dog was heard; When she, obedient to Love’s rendezvous, Had reached the middle of a plain, than which No other more bewitching could be found. The moon on every si... »

The Setting Of The Moon By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Setting Of The Moon By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Setting Of The Moon As, in the lonely night, Above the silvered fields and streams Where zephyr gently blows, And myriad objects vague, Illusions, that deceive, Their distant shadows weave Amid the silent rills, The trees, the hedges, villages, and hills; Arrived at heaven’s boundary, Behi... »

To Sylvia By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Sylvia By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Sylvia O Sylvia, dost thou remember still That period of thy mortal life, When beauty so bewildering Shone in thy laughing, glancing eyes, As thou, so merry, yet so wise, Youth’s threshold then wast entering? How did the quiet rooms, And all the paths around, With thy perpetual song resound... »

Palinodia By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Palinodia By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Palinodia TO THE MARQUIS GINO CAPPONI. I was mistaken, my dear Gino. Long And greatly have I erred. I fancied life A vain and wretched thing, and this, our age, Now passing, vainest, silliest of all. Intolerable seemed, and _was_, such talk Unto the happy race of mortals, if, Indeed, man ought or co... »

The Evening Of The Holiday By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Evening Of The Holiday By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Evening Of The Holiday The night is mild and clear, and without wind, And o’er the roofs, and o’er the gardens round The moon shines soft, and from afar reveals Each mountain-peak serene. O lady, mine, Hushed now is every path, and few and dim The lamps that glimmer through the balco... »

The Ruling Thought By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Ruling Thought By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Ruling Thought Most sweet, most powerful, Controller of my inmost soul; The terrible, yet precious gift Of heaven, companion kind Of all my days of misery, O thought, that ever dost recur to me; Of thy mysterious power Who speaketh not? Who hath not felt Its subtle influence? Yet, when one is by... »

Younger Brutus By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Younger Brutus By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Younger Brutus When in the Thracian dust uprooted lay, In ruin vast, the strength of Italy, And Fate had doomed Hesperia’s valleys green, And Tiber’s shores, The trampling of barbarian steeds to feel, And from the leafless groves, On which the Northern Bear looks down, Had called the Got... »

On Dante’s Monument, 1818 By Count Giacomo Leopardi

On Dante’s Monument, 1818 By Count Giacomo Leopardi

On Dante’s Monument, 1818 Though all the nations now Peace gathers under her white wings, The minds of Italy will ne’er be free From the restraints of their old lethargy, Till our ill-fated land cling fast Unto the glorious memories of the Past. Oh, lay it to thy heart, my Italy, Fit hon... »

The Ginestra, By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Ginestra, By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Ginestra, OR THE FLOWER OF THE WILDERNESS. Here, on the arid ridge Of dead Vesuvius, Exterminator terrible, That by no other tree or flower is cheered, Thou scatterest thy lonely leaves around, O fragrant flower, With desert wastes content. Thy graceful stems I in the solitary paths have found, ... »

The Younger Brutus By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Younger Brutus By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Younger Brutus When in the Thracian dust uprooted lay, In ruin vast, the strength of Italy, And Fate had doomed Hesperia’s valleys green, And Tiber’s shores, The trampling of barbarian steeds to feel, And from the leafless groves, On which the Northern Bear looks down, Had called the... »

To The Beloved By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Beloved By Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Beloved Beauty beloved, who hast my heart inspired, Seen from afar, or with thy face concealed, Save, when in visions of the night revealed, Or seen in daydreams bright, When all the fields are filled with light, And Nature’s smile is sweet, Say, hast thou blessed Some golden age of inn... »

Scherzo By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Scherzo By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Scherzo When, as a boy, I went To study in the Muses’ school, One of them came to me, and took Me by the hand, and all that day, She through the work-shop led me graciously, The mysteries of the craft to see. She guided me Through every part, And showed me all The instruments of art, And did t... »

The Village Saturday Night By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Village Saturday Night By Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Village Saturday Night The damsel from the field returns, The sun is sinking in the west; Her bundle on her head she sets, And in her hand she bears A bunch of roses and of violets. To-morrow is a holiday, And she, as usual, must them wear Upon her bodice, in her hair. The old crone sits among h... »

Aspasia By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Aspasia By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Aspasia At times thy image to my mind returns, Aspasia. In the crowded streets it gleams Upon me, for an instant, as I pass, In other faces; or in lonely fields, At noon-tide bright, beneath the silent stars, With sudden and with startling vividness, As if awakened by sweet harmony, The splendid vis... »

Recollections By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Recollections By Count Giacomo Leopardi

Recollections Ye dear stars of the Bear, I did not think I should again be turning, as I used, To see you over father’s garden shine, And from the windows talk with you again Of this old house, where as a child I dwelt, And where I saw the end of all my joys. What charming images, what fables,... »