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

Non perdo la calma
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Non perdo la calma
fra’ ceppi o gli allori;
non va sino all’alma
la mia servitù.
Combatte i rigori
di sorte incostante
in vario sembiante
l’istessa virtù


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Whether in chains", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-09
Line count: 8
Word count: 27

Whether in chains
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Whether in chains, or crowned with laurels,
I do not lose my composure.
My servitude does not
place my soul in bondage.

Virtue herself,
in various guises,
combats the torments
of inconstant Fortune.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 33