Count Giacomo Leopardi
The Lonely Sparrow by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Lonely Sparrow by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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The Last Song Of Sappho by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Last Song Of Sappho by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Thou tranquil night, and thou, O gentle rayOf the declining moon; and thou, that o'erThe rock appearest, 'mid the silent grove,The messenger of day; how dear ye were,And how ...

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Calm After Storm by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Calm After Storm by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The storm hath passed;I hear the birds rejoice; the hen,Returned into the road again,Her cheerful notes repeats. The sky sereneIs, in the west, upon the mountain seen:The country ...

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L’Infinito by Count Giacomo Leopardi

L’Infinito by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Sempre caro mi fu quest'ermo colleE questa siepe che da tanta parteDe'l ultimo orrizonte il guarde esclude.Ma sedendo e mirando interminatiSpazi di la da quella, e ...

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

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

What doest thou in heaven, O moon?Say, silent moon, what doest thou?Thou risest in the evening; thoughtfullyThou wanderest o'er the plain,Then sinkest to thy rest again.And art ...

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The Infinite by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Infinite by Count Giacomo Leopardi

This solitary hill has always been dear to meAnd this hedge, which prevents me from seeing most ofThe endless horizon.But when I sit and gaze, I imagine, in my thoughtsEndless ...

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First Love by Count Giacomo Leopardi

First Love by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Ah, well can I the day recall, when firstThe 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 ...

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Aspasia by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Aspasia by Count Giacomo Leopardi

At times thy image to my mind returns,Aspasia. In the crowded streets it gleamsUpon me, for an instant, as I pass,In other faces; or in lonely fields,At noon-tide bright, beneath ...

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Fragment  I by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Fragment I by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 ...

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Hymn To The Patriarchs by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Hymn To The Patriarchs by Count Giacomo Leopardi

OR OF THE BEGINNINGS OF THE HUMAN RACE.Illustrious fathers of the human race,Of you, the song of your afflicted sonsWill chant the praise; of you, more dear, by far,Unto the Great ...

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To Sylvia by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Sylvia by Count Giacomo Leopardi

O Sylvia, dost thou remember stillThat period of thy mortal life,When beauty so bewilderingShone in thy laughing, glancing eyes,As thou, so merry, yet so wise,Youth's threshold ...

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Consalvo by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Consalvo by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Approaching now the end of his abodeOn earth, Consalvo lay; complaining once,Of his hard fate, but now quite reconciled,When, in the midst of his fifth lustre, o'erHis head ...

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Fragment  Ii by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Fragment Ii by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 ...

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Palinodia by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Palinodia by Count Giacomo Leopardi

TO THE MARQUIS GINO CAPPONI.I was mistaken, my dear Gino. LongAnd greatly have I erred. I fancied lifeA vain and wretched thing, and this, our age,Now passing, vainest, silliest ...

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Scherzo by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Scherzo by Count Giacomo Leopardi

When, as a boy, I wentTo study in the Muses' school,One of them came to me, and tookMe by the hand, and all that day,She through the work-shop led me graciously,The mysteries of ...

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Imitation by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Imitation by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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, ...

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The Ginestra, by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Ginestra, by Count Giacomo Leopardi

OR THE FLOWER OF THE WILDERNESS.Here, on the arid ridgeOf dead Vesuvius,Exterminator terrible,That by no other tree or flower is cheered,Thou scatterest thy lonely leaves around,O ...

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On Dante’s Monument, 1818 by Count Giacomo Leopardi

On Dante’s Monument, 1818 by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Though all the nations nowPeace gathers under her white wings,The minds of Italy will ne'er be freeFrom the restraints of their old lethargy,Till our ill-fated land cling fastUnto ...

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Recollections by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Recollections by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Ye dear stars of the Bear, I did not thinkI should again be turning, as I used,To see you over father's garden shine,And from the windows talk with you againOf this old house, ...

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Chorus Of The Dead by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Chorus Of The Dead by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 anguishOf life at last set free. The ...

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To The Spring by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Spring by Count Giacomo Leopardi

OR OF THE FABLES OF THE ANCIENTS.Now that the sun the faded charmsOf heaven again restores,And gentle zephyr the sick air revives,And the dark shadows of the cloudsAre put to ...

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Love And Death by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Love And Death by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Children of Fate, in the same breathCreated 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 ...

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To The Moon by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Moon by Count Giacomo Leopardi

O lovely moon, how well do I recallThe time,--'tis just a year--when up this hillI came, in my distress, to gaze at thee:And thou suspended wast o'er yonder grove,As now thou art, ...

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The Evening Of The Holiday by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Evening Of The Holiday by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The night is mild and clear, and without wind,And o'er the roofs, and o'er the gardens roundThe moon shines soft, and from afar revealsEach mountain-peak serene. O lady, ...

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To Himself by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Himself by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 ...

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The Dream by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Dream by Count Giacomo Leopardi

It was the morning; through the shutters closed,Along the balcony, the earliest raysOf sunlight my dark room were entering;When, at the time that sleep upon our eyesIts softest ...

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On An Old Sepuchral Bas-Relief by Count Giacomo Leopardi

On An Old Sepuchral Bas-Relief by Count Giacomo Leopardi

WHERE IS SEEN A YOUNG MAIDEN, DEAD, IN THE ACT OF DEPARTING,TAKING LEAVE OF HER FAMILY.Where goest thou? Who callsThee from my dear ones far away?Most lovely maiden, say!Alone, a ...

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The Lonely Life by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Lonely Life by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The morning rain, when, from her coop released,The hen, exulting, flaps her wings, when fromThe balcony the husbandman looks forth,And when the rising sun his trembling raysDarts ...

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

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

The face of glory and her pleasant voice,O fortunate youth, now recognize,And how much nobler than effeminate slothAre manhood's tested energies.Take heed, O generous champion, ...

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To Angelo Mai, by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Angelo Mai, by Count Giacomo Leopardi

ON HIS DISCOVERY OF THE LOST BOOKS OF CICERO,'DE REPUBLICA.'Italian bold, why wilt thou never ceaseThe fathers from their tombs to summon forth?Why bring them, with this dead age ...

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To His Sister Paolina, by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To His Sister Paolina, by Count Giacomo Leopardi

ON HER APPROACHING MARRIAGE.Since now thou art about to leaveThy father's quiet house,And all the phantoms and illusions dear,That heaven-born fancies round it weave,And to this ...

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To The Beloved by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To The Beloved by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 ...

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Younger Brutus by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Younger Brutus by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 ...

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The Resurrection by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Resurrection by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 impulsesOur inmost hearts that ...

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The Younger Brutus by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Younger Brutus by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 ...

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The Setting Of The Moon by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Setting Of The Moon by Count Giacomo Leopardi

As, in the lonely night,Above the silvered fields and streamsWhere zephyr gently blows,And myriad objects vague,Illusions, that deceive,Their distant shadows weaveAmid the silent ...

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To Count Carlo Pepoli by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Count Carlo Pepoli by Count Giacomo Leopardi

This wearisome and this distressing sleepThat we call life, O how dost thou support,My Pepoli? With what hopes feedest thouThy heart? Say in what thoughts, and in what ...

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The Village Saturday Night by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Village Saturday Night by Count Giacomo Leopardi

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 bearsA bunch of roses and of violets.To-morrow is a ...

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The Ruling Thought by Count Giacomo Leopardi

The Ruling Thought by Count Giacomo Leopardi

Most sweet, most powerful,Controller of my inmost soul;The terrible, yet precious giftOf heaven, companion kindOf all my days of misery,O thought, that ever dost recur to me;Of ...

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To Italy (1818) by Count Giacomo Leopardi

To Italy (1818) by Count Giacomo Leopardi

My country, I the walls, the arches see,The columns, statues, and the towersDeserted, of our ancestors;But, ah, the glory I do not behold,The laurel and the sword, that gracedOur ...

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