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Radici e foglie soltanto sono queste,
Profumi recati a uomini e donne dai boschi selvaggi e dai
bordi degli stagni,
Acetosella del petto e garofani d’amore,
dita che avvinghiano più forte dei viticci,
Zampilli da gole d’uccelli nascosti nel fogliame
quando il sole si leva,
Brezze di terra e d’amore da rive colme di vita per mari
colmi di vita fino a voi, marinai!
Bacche addolcite dal gelo, freschi rametti del Terzo mese
offerti a giovani che vagano nei campi
quando l’inverno si scioglie;
Germogli d’amore intorno a voi, dentro di voi,
dovunque siate,
Germogli che devono schiudersi secondo i termini
antichi,
Se recherete loro il calore del sole si apriranno
recando a voi forma, colore, profumo,
Se voi sarete l’alimento e l’umido, diventeranno fiori,
e frutti, ed alti rami, e alberi.

Radici e foglie soltanto, Walt Whitman

ROOTS and leaves themselves alone are these;
Scents brought to men and women from the wild woods, and from the pond-side,
Breast-sorrel and pinks of love—fingers that wind around tighter than vines,
Gushes from the throats of birds, hid in the foliage of trees, as the sun is risen;
Breezes of land and love—breezes set from living shores out to you on the living sea—to you, O sailors! 5
Frost-mellow’d berries, and Third-month twigs, offer’d fresh to young persons wandering out in the fields when the winter breaks up,
Love-buds, put before you and within you, whoever you are,
Buds to be unfolded on the old terms;
If you bring the warmth of the sun to them, they will open, and bring form, color, perfume, to you;
If you become the aliment and the wet, they will become flowers, fruits, tall blanches and trees.

Roots and leaves themselves only, Walt Whitman

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