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

Rendimi il caro amico
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Rendimi il caro amico,
parte dell’alma mia,
fa’ ch’innocente sia
come l’amai finor.
Compagni dalla cuna
tu ci vedesti e sai
che in ogni mia fortuna
seco finor provai
ogni piacer diviso,
diviso ogni dolor.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Give me back my dear friend", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-21
Line count: 10
Word count: 35

Give me back my dear friend
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Give me back my dear friend,
part of my very soul!
As I have loved him for his innocence,
make him as innocent as has ever been!

Companions from the cradle,
you have seen us and know
that in any enterprise of mine,
I have ever attempted it
with all pleasure and all pain
divided equally between us.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-16
Line count: 10
Word count: 58