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

Se amor l’abbandona
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se amor l’abbandona
ogn’alma si lagna,
se amor l'accompagna, 
contenta non è;

di chi vi dolete 
se viver felici 
né meco sapete, 
né senza di me?


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "If love departs", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Laura Prichard [Guest Editor] , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2016-04-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 26

If love departs
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
If love departs
every soul complains,
If love stays, 
One is not happy;

what makes you sad 
if you live happily
neither knowing me, 
nor being without me? 


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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 28