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Translation by A. S. Kline (http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Italian/TheNewLifeIII.htm)

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Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare la donna mia, quand'ella altrui saluta, ch'ogne lingua deven tremando muta, e li occhi no l'ardiscon di guardare.

Ella si va, sentendosi laudare,
benignamente d'umiltà vestuta;
e par che sia una cosa venuta da cielo in terra a miracol mostrare.

Mòstrasi sì piacente a chi la mira, che dà per li occhi una dolcezza al core, che 'ntender no la può chi non la prova:

e par che de la sua labbia si mova un spirito soave pien d'amore, che va dicendo a l'anima: «Sospira!

 

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So gentle and so pure appears
my lady when she greets others,
that every tongue trembles and is mute,
and their eyes do not dare gaze at her.

She goes by, aware of their praise,
benignly dressed in humility:
and seems as if she were a thing come
from Heaven to Earth to show a miracle.

She shows herself so pleasing to those who gaze,
through the eyes she sends a sweetness to the heart,
that no one can understand who does not know it:

and from her lips there comes
a sweet spirit full of love,
that goes saying to the soul: ‘Sigh.’



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