by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Chi mai di questo core
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN FRE GER
Chi mai di questo core
  Saprà le vie secrete,
  Se voi non le sapete,
  [Begli occhi]1 del mio ben?
Voi che dal primo istante,
  Quando divenni amante,
  Il mio nascosto [amore]2
  Mi conosceste in sen.

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Confirmed with Poesie del Signor Abbate Pietro Metastasio. Poeta e Bibliotecario Cesareo, Tomo Sesto. Londra, 1774, pages 351-352.

1 Donizetti: "Begl'occhi"
2 Donizetti: "foco"


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  • ENG English (Luk Laerenbergh) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-17
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Qui de ce cœur un jour
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Qui de ce cœur un jour
Connaîtra les voies secrètes,
Si vous ne les connaissez pas,
Beaux yeux de mon amour ?
Vous, qui dès le premier instant,
Quand je suis devenu votre amant,
Mon amour caché
Vous le saviez dans mon cœur ?

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Translation of title "Chi mai di questo core" = "Qui de ce cœur un jour"


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This text was added to the website: 2014-01-03
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Word count: 44