(Translation is my own)
This, certainly, is a deserted spot, a quiet place for my complaints
and an empty grove only possessed by the light breeze of the west wind.
In this place it is freely permitted for me to pour forth my hidden pain;
that is if the lonely rocks are able to keep my trust.
At what point, my Cynthia, should I first repeat the tale of your
scornful contempt? How did you make me start crying in the first place,
Cynthia? I was just recently counted among the number of happy lovers,
but now I am forced to bear the mark of shame because of your love.
What have I done to deserve this? What crime have I committed that has
turned you against me? Is the worry of a new woman the cause for your distance?
If you return yourself to me, cold woman, then and I can assure you that
no other woman has set her fair feet on my doorstep. Even though in
my distress I have every right to be harsh with you, nevertheless, my savage anger
will not be released upon you and cause you to have perpetual fury against me or to weep
so many floods of tears that those eyes of yours should become ugly.
Or could it be that I give almost no signs of my feelings by the expression
on my face, or that no cries of loyalty towards you ever cross my lips?
Oh you trees, if you are capable of love, you will be my witnesses—beech trees
and pine trees, beloved by the Arcadian god. Ah, how often my words echo
under your shades, and how often the name “Cynthia” is written on the
thin bark of your trunks! Ah, how your injury has caused me great anxiety,
an anxiety which is only increased by your silent door!
As a timid man I have accustomed myself to forebear all the demands of a
haughty woman and not to complain about her deeds through my melodious
grief. I am given, for all of this grief, endless mountains, frigid rock, and the harsh
silence of an uncultivated wilderness. Whatever of my complaints I am able
to narrate aloud, I, alone, am forced to say these things to the chirping birds.
And whoever you are, let the forests echo back to me my calling of “Cynthia”
and may the deserted rocks never be free from your name.