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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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,…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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,…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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?…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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,…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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,…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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,…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

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…

Read More..