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

Giura il nocchier che al mare
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN GER
Giura il nocchier che al mare
non presterà più fede,
ma se tranquillo il vede
corre di nuovo al mar.

Di non trattar più l'armi
giura il guerrier tal volta,
ma se una tromba ascolta,
già non si sa frenar.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 40

The helmsman swears that he
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The helmsman swears that he
will no longer trust the sea,
but if he should see it to be calm,
he once more runs to the ocean.

The warrior is apt to swear
to no longer take up arms,
but once he hears the clarion call,
he can no longer restrain himself.

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Translations of title(s):
"Giura il nocchier che al mare" = "The helmsman swears that he"
"Giura il nocchier" = "The helsman swears"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 52