Ingiustissimo amor

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Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto from Orlando Furioso, Canto II, ottavo 1.

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Italian.png Italian text

Ingiustissimo Amor, perché sì raro
corrispondenti fai nostri desiri?
onde, perfido, avvien che t’è sì caro
il discorde voler ch’in duo cor miri?
Gir non mi lasci al facil guado e chiaro,
e nel più cieco e maggior fondo tiri:
da chi disia il mio amor tu mi richiami,
e chi m’ha in odio vuoi ch’adori et ami.

English.png English translation

Injurious love, why still to mar accord
Between desires has been thy favourite feat?
Why does it please thee so, perfidious lord,
Two hearts should with a different measure beat?
Thou wilt not let me take the certain ford,
Dragging me where the stream is deep and fleet.
Her I abandon who my love desires,
While she who hates, respect and love inspires.

Translation by William Stewart Rose

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