by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 - 1612)
Translation © by Javier Pablo Sotelo

Troppo ben può questo tiranno Amore
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE SPA
Troppo ben può questo tiranno Amore,
poiché non val fuggire
a chi no'l può soffrire.
Quando i' penso talor com'arde, e punge,
i' dico: «Ah core stolto,
non l'aspettar; che fai?
Fuggilo sí, che non ti prenda mai.»
Ma non so com'il lusinghier mi giunge,
ch'io dico: «Ah core stolto,
perché fuggito l'hai?
Prendilo sí, che non ti fugga mai.»

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ce tyran, l'Amour, a trop de pouvoir", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Javier Pablo Sotelo) , title 1: "Tanto puede este tirano Amor", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 11
Word count: 60

Tanto puede este tirano Amor
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Tanto puede este tirano Amor
que de nada vale huir de él 
a quien no puede tolerarlo.
Cuando a veces pienso como me inflama y aguijonea,
me digo: “Ah, tonto corazón,
¡No lo esperes!¿Qué haces?
Huye de él, si, que nunca te prenda.” 
Pero (no sé cómo) el adulador me ronda 
y entonces digo: “¡Ah, tonto corazón!
¿Por qué has huido de él?
¡Préndelo, si, que jamás de tí huya!”


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This text was added to the website: 2015-04-09
Line count: 11
Word count: 70