by Giacomo Rossi (flourished 1710-1729)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Cara sposa
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Cara sposa, amante cara,
Dove sei?
Deh! Ritorna a' pianti miei!
Del vostro Erebo sull'ara,
Colla face dello sdegno
Io vi sfido, o spirti rei!


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  • ENG English [singable] (Nathan Haskell Dole)
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This text was added to the website: 2017-12-03
Line count: 6
Word count: 25

Chère épouse, chère amante
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Chère épouse, chère amante,
Où es-tu ?
Ah ! tourne-toi vers mes pleurs !
Sur votre autel d'Érèbe,
Avec la flamme de mon dédain,
Je vous défie, ô esprits cruels !

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This text was added to the website: 2017-12-03
Line count: 6
Word count: 31