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Pace non trovo, e non ho da far guerra

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Pace non trovo, e non ho da far guerra,
E temo, e spero, ed ardo, e son un ghiaccio:
E volo sopra 'l cielo, e giaccio in terra;
E nulla stringo, e tutto 'l mondo abbraccio.

Tal m'ha in priggion, che non m'apre, né serra,
Né per suo mi ritien, né scioglie il laccio,
E non m'uccide Amor, e non mi sferra;
Né mi vuol vivo, né mi trahe d'impaccio.

Veggio senz'occhi; e non ho lingua e grido;
E bramo di perir, e cheggio aita;
Ed ho in odio me stesso, ed amo altrui:

Pascomi di dolor; piangendo rido;
Egualmente mi spiace morte e vita.
In questo stato son, Donna, per Voi.

Translation(s): ENG GER SPA GER FRE

Note: sometimes erroneously listed as Sonnet 104.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) , title unknown ENG FRE SPA Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Fanny (Franziska) von Hoffnaaß, née Jägerhuber (1831 - 1892) , title unknown ENG FRE SPA
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Lionel Salter) , title 1: "I find no peace", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , title 1: "No encuentro paz", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Francisque Reynard) , title 1: "Sonnet LXXXIX"

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I find no peace

Language: English

I find no peace, but for war am not inclined;
I fear, yet hope; I burn, yet am turned to ice;
I soar in the heavens, but lie upon the ground;
I hold nothing, though I embrace the whole world.

Love has me in a prison which he neither opens nor shuts fast;
he neither claims me for his own nor loosens my halter;
he neither slays nor unshackles me;
he would not have me live, yet leaves me with my torment.

Eyeless I gaze, and tongueless I cry out;
I long to perish, yet plead for succour;
I hate myself, but love another.

I feed on grief, yet weeping, laugh;
death and life alike repel me;
and to this state I am come, my lady, because of you.

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    * Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © by Lionel Salter, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol © and the URL

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