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

Affetti, non turbate
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Affetti, non turbate
la pace all'alma mia,
Sia vostra scelta, o sia
l'oprar necessità.
Perchè rei vi credete 
se liberi non siete?
Perchè non vi cangiate 
se avete libertà?


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Affetti, don’t disturb the peace of my soul", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-26
Line count: 8
Word count: 29

Affetti, don’t disturb the peace of my soul
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Affetti1, don’t disturb the peace of my soul,
It may be your choice, or it may be the work of necessity.
Why believe you’re guilty if you’re not free?
Why not change if you have freedom?

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1 Human passions expressed through gesture


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
Line count: 4
Word count: 36