Vivo al peccato, a me morendo vivo

Di Michelangelo

Vivo al peccato, a me morendo vivo;

vita già mia non son, ma del peccato:

mie ben dal ciel, mie mal da me m’è dato,

dal mie sciolto voler, di ch’io son privo.

Serva mie libertà, mortal mie divo

a me s’è fatto. O infelice stato!

a che miseria, a che viver son nato!

Alive to sin, to a dying me alive

By Michelangelo

Alive to sin, to a dying me alive;

and a life no longer mine, but of vice:

the good was heaven sent, the bad of my own device,

surrendered was my will, of which I am deprived.

Enslaved was my liberty, mortal what derived

from me divine. Oh happiness excised!

To what misery was I born, to what device!

Translation by ©Matilda Colarossi

Michelangelo Buonarroti- painter, sculptor, architect and poet – is widely regarded as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance.

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