Wednesday, January 31, 2018


O Holy Night

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Mandragola, beginning of the canzone between Acts 4 and 5 (tr. Allan Gilbert):
Oh sweet night, oh holy
and quiet hours of night,
you that couple yearning lovers;
in you all pleasures join,
so you are the only cause that renders souls blessed.

Oh dolce notte, oh sante
ore notturne e quete,
ch'i disïosi amanti accompagnate;
in voi s'adunan tante
letizie, onde voi siete
sole cagion di far l'alme beate.

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