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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
From the Italian.
Seven Sonnets and a Canzone.
VIII. Canzone
AH me! ah me! when thinking of the years,
  The vanished years, alas, I do not find
  Among them all one day that was my own!
Fallacious hopes, desires of the unknown,
  Lamenting, loving, burning, and in tears,        5
  (For human passions all have stirred my mind,)
Have held me, now I feel and know, confined
Both from the true and good still far away.
  I perish day by day;
The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more dreary,        10
And I am near to fall, infirm and weary.

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