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

Io lo so, che il bel sembiante
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Io lo so, che il bel sembiante 
Un istante, oh Dio! mirai, 
E mai più da quell'istante 
[Non]1 lasciai di sospirar.

Io lo so; lo sanno queste
Valli ombrose, erme foreste
[Che han]2 da me quel nome amato 
Imparato a replicar.

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Excerpted from "Il consiglio", Cantata VI.
1 Righini, Kuhlau: "No"
2 Kuhlau: "che'an"


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Word count: 41

I’d know that beautiful face
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I’d know that beautiful face 
in an instant, oh God! I saw [it],
and ever since that instant
I haven’t stopped sighing!

I know it, they know these
shady valleys, forests of Hermes, 
who have learned to repeat
that name I loved.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 42