|Museo Casa Pascoli in San Mauro di Romagna (Fc)|
The following translation of "Sogno" (Dream) by Giovanni Pascoli is from the book "The Poems of Giovanni Pascoli: Translated in English, with Original Italian Text," published by LiteraryJoint Press (2017). Also available as Amazon ebook (Free on Kindle Unlimited!) and also on Kobo.
For a moment I was in my hamlet at home,
in my house. Nothing had changed.
I had come back tired, as from a journey;
tired, to my father, to my dead, I was back.
I felt a great joy, a great sorrow;
a sweetness, and a mute anguish.
—Mom? — She's there reheating supper for you—
Poor mom! and her, I did not see.
Per un attimo fui nel mio villaggio,
nella mia casa. Nulla era mutato.
Stanco tornavo, come da un vïaggio;
stanco, al mio padre, ai morti, ero tornato.
Sentivo una gran gioia, una gran pena;
una dolcezza ed un’angoscia, muta.
— Mamma? — È là che ti scalda un po’ di cena —
Povera mamma! e lei, non l’ho veduta.
From the collection “Myricae” (1891-1900)