William Morris, born on 24 March 1834, was an English designer, poet, and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement.
His long poem “The Earthly Paradise” consists of a series of narrative poems that follow the plan of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. It is made up of twenty-four stories, two per month, one based on Greek and classical sources and the other on medieval or romantic themes.
Here are some lines taken from the introductory poem on the month of March
Slayer of the winter, art thou here again?
O welcome, thou that bring’st the summer nigh!
The bitter wind makes not thy victory vain,
Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.
Welcome, O March! whose kindly days and dry
Make April ready for the throstle’s song,
Thou first redresser of the winter’s wrong!
Uccisore dell’inverno, sei di nuovo qui?
O benvenuto, tu che fai avvicinare l’estate!
Il vento pungente non rende vana la tua vittoria,
né ti derideremo per il tuo cielo di un tenue azzurro.
Benvenuto, o marzo! i cui giorni gentili e asciutti
preparano aprile al canto del tordo.
Tu primo riparatore delle vessazioni dell’inverno!