Language: Italian (Italiano)
Il tuo destino non sai.
Ah! non gli dite mai
Qual era il genitor.
Come in un punto, oh Dio,
Tutto [cambiò]1 d'aspetto!
Voi foste il mio diletto,
Voi siete il mio terror.
Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE GER
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Confirmed with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e compagni 1832, page 246.
The text appears in "Demofoonte", atto III, scena V (Timante's aria).
1 Schubert: "cangiò"
Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791), "Misero me . . . Misero pargaletto", K. 77 (1771). [soprano and orchestra]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Pobre infant", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Unhappy child", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Malheureux enfant", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Laura Prichard) , "Armes Kindlein", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)
You do not know your destiny.
Ah! never tell him
Who his father was.
How in an instant, oh God,
Everything seemd changed!
You were my beloved,
You are now my greatest fear.
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