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Friday, June 8, 2018

Death Becomes Him


Tu, Morazzon, che con colori vivi
moribondo il fingesti in vive carte,
e la sua dea rappresentasti, e i rivi
de l'acque amare da' begli occhi sparte,
spira agl'inchiostri mei, di vita privi,
l'aura vital de la tua nobil'arte,
et a ritrarlo, ancor morto ma bello,
insegni a la mia penna il tuo pennello.

You, Morazzone, who in vivid colors     a Baroque painter
did depict him dying on lively paper     him: Adonis
showing his goddess too, and the rivers     Venus
of bitter waters poured out by her eyes,
now please inspire into my lifeless ink
the living breath of your own noble art;     see Genesis 2.7
and to portray him, dead but beautiful,
let your paint brush teach my quill.     pennello/penna

__G. B. Marino, Adone, 18.99

(The picture above is a modern collage, not Morazzone's mentioned work.)