Boiardo Tarocchi Poem: Chapter 2 - Gelosia

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Italian original: Gelosia

CAPITULO SECONDO DE GELOSIA (Ochi (Eyes))]


1)GELOSIA un vero amor non po smarrire,

Ché s'uno amante va cum pura fede,

Amor il premia al fin del suo servire.


2)GELOSIA è dura cosa, ove esser vede

Commodo al concorrente nel amore:

Chè al spesso supplicar segue merzede.


3)GELOSIA tristo rende un lieto core,

Ma spesso è causa ancor, dove ella sprona,

Condurre un che ami a virtuoso onore.


4)GELOSIA quando vien, non si propona

Contrastarli alcun mai, chè sforza ognuno:

  • Ma el saper tollerarla è cosa bona.


5)GELOSIA ciascun cerca, e poi ciascuno

La fuge; e prima ognun voria sapere,

Poi di saper vorebbe esser digiuno.


6)GELOSIA sempre non debbe volere

Il concorrente per nimico; anzi esso,

Se vincer vol, dié pazienza avere.


7)GELOSIA se te gionge a veder presso

A la cosa che tu ami el tuo rivale,

Stimi che `l parli sempre a tuo interesso.


8)GELOSIA ove si pone è si gran male,

Che medicina non se trova a lei;

E se troppo oltra va, cosa è mortale.


9)GELOSIA non vien manco fra li Dei,

Che fra gli omini faccia; ecco Junone

Del suo Jove gelosa a' casi rei!


10)GELOSIA di certezza mai non pone

Alcun in strada, e al ver non apre porte,

E tien fra speme e dubio le persone.


11)GELOSIA d'Argo e de sue viste accorte

Non fu secura mai, fin che nel piede

Con nome de Io non li for l'orme sporte.


12)GELOSIA Turno re, promisso erede

Del re Latino, indusse a mortal guerra:

E morto fu, chè morte indi procede.


13)GELOSIA Juno dea piu volte in terra

Fece venir per varii amor di Jove,

Chè mai non posa un cor che in sé la serra.


14)GELOSIA fe' Vulcano in forme novembre

Pigliar Vener e Marte entro le rete,

E il Sol ne fece manifeste prove.


Con gli ecclipsi soi, segni e comete.

English Translation: Jealousy

SECOND CHAPTER ABOUT JEALOUSY (Eyes)


1) JEALOUSY cannot spoil a true love,

Because if a lover goes with pure faithfulness,

Love rewards him at the end of his service.


2) JEALOUSY is a hard thing, when it seeks

to be useful to the rival in love:

Because often imploring grants mercy.


3) JEALOUSY makes sad a merry heart,

But often its spurs are the reason

That brings a lover to virtuous honour.


4) JEALOUSY, when it comes, it is better not to think

That you can fight it, because it wins everyone:

But it is good to be able to tolerate it.


5) JEALOUSY is searched by everyone, then everyone

Wants to avoid it; before, everyone wants to know;

Then everyone wants to lack knowledge.


6) JEALOUSY must not always take the rival

As an enemy; on the contrary, if he

Wants to win, he must be patient.


7) If JEALOUSY takes to see the thing that you love

Next to your rival, you think

That he is always talking in your interest.


8) JEALOUSY is so bad where it strikes,

That there is no cure for it;

If it grows too much, it is lethal.


9) JEALOUSY is no less frequent among the Gods,

Then among people; look at Juno,

Jealous of her Jove in some guilty situations!


10) JEALOUSY never puts anyone on the road

to certainty, it does not open the doors of truth,

It keeps people between hope and doubt.


11) JEALOUSY never was sure of Argus and

Of his cunning eyes, until the footsteps

With the name of Io were given to it.


12) JEALOUSY induced king Turnus, who was the heir

of king Latinus, to start a lethal war:

And he was killed, because death proceeds of such things.


13) JEALOUSY made Juno come to earth many times

For various loves of Jove,

Because whoever has it in the heart can never rest.


14) JEALOUSY made Vulcan change his shape

And catch Venus and Mars in his own net,

And the Sun made the proofs be manifest,


With its eclipses, signs and comets.

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