Franco Sacchetti

(c. 1335 – c. 1400 / Florence)

Ballata


'O LITTLE shepherdesses fresh and fair,
Say whither do you come so soft and rare?
Say, whither lies the land where you were born,
Where sweeter fruits than any do betide?
With radiant smiles your faces you adorn,
Yet neither gold nor silver is your pride,
I trow Love fashioned you with him to bide,
Angels you seem yet tattered raiment wear! '
'We live upon a hill beside some trees;
Humble our cot, we sleep in tiny bed
Both one and all together at our ease
When homewards we our gentle flocks have led
At eventide; by nature we are fed
Day after day in flowery meadows fair.'
95 'Your loveliness might well indeed make moan,
Which only among hills and vales is seen,
Though the proud cities of the world would own
It worthy to hold honourably, I ween!
Poor lassies, had you not far happier been
Out of these woods in more refinèd air? '
'Nay, we are well contented with our fate,
And, when we tend our flocks in pastures bright,
Merrier we are than you who go in state
To revel in your chamber shuttered tight;
Riches we do not crave nor gold delight,
But weave gay songs and garlands for our hair! '
O Ballad, were I now as long ago,
I'd be a shepherd lad upon a hill;
I'd mark these lassies' goings, but none should know;
I'd seek their company with a right good will;
For ever we'd be calling 'Jack' and 'Jill,'
And wheresoe'er they went I'd follow there.

Submitted: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Edited: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Form:


Franco Sacchetti's Other Poems

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Ballata by Franco Sacchetti )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. The Highwayman, Alfred Noyes
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  10. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane

Poem of the Day

poet William Wordsworth

Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray:
And, when I crossed the wild,
I chanced to see at break of day
The solitary child.

No mate, no comrade Lucy knew;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Communist Goons, Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. Trinmul Congress Party's Gift Is The Fre.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  3. Dark Chapter, Abdullah alHemaidy
  4. The Sun Sings in You, Patti Masterman
  5. Desolate Fox, Prasad Natarajan
  6. Real Poverty, Abdullah alHemaidy
  7. A Dream In My Soul, Spiritwind Wood
  8. Peace, Leonard Champlin
  9. A Spirit Forever Free, Spiritwind Wood
  10. Mamas Counsel, Adeosun Olamide
[Hata Bildir]