|Vivo al peccato, a me morendo vivo
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
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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