Sannazaro, Jacopo: Here Icarus fell (Icaro cadde qui in English)

Portre of Sannazaro, Jacopo

Icaro cadde qui (Italian)

Icaro cadde qui: queste onde il sanno,

che in grembo accolser quelle audaci penne:

qui finio il corso, e qui 'l gran caso avvenne,

che darà invidia agli altri che verranno.

 

Avventuroso e ben gradito affanno,

poi che morendo eterna fama ottenne:

felice chi in tal fato a morte venne,

che si bel pregio ricompensi il danno.

 

Ben può di sua ruina esser contento;

s'al ciel volando a guisa di colomba,

per troppo ardir fu esanimato e spento:

 

ed or del nome suo tutto rimbomba

un mar si spazioso, un elemento:

chi ebbe al mondo mai si larga tomba?



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Here Icarus fell (English)

Here Icarus fell; these waves beheld his fate,

Which drew the daring wings to their embrace;

Here the flight ended; here the event took place,

Which those unborn will yearn to emulate.

 

Thrilling and welcome was his sorrow's weight,

Since, dying, he achieved immortal praise;

Happy that, since he died above disgrace,

So fair a prize his loss should compensate.

 

With such a fall well may he be content,

If, soaring to the sky like the dawn and brave,

He with too fierce a flame was burnt and spent.

 

His name now echoes loud in every wave,

Across the sea, throughout the elements;

Who in the world ever gained such a grave?



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