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

Quell’amplesso e quel perdono
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Quell’amplesso e quel perdono,
quello sguardo e quel sospiro
fa più giusto il mio martiro,
più colpevole mi fa.
Qual mi fosti e qual ti sono
chiaro intende il core afflitto,
che misura il suo delitto
dall’istessa tua pietà.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "That embrace, that pardon", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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That embrace, that pardon
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
That embrace, that pardon,
that glance, and that sigh:
they make my suffering more justified,
and my guilt that more acute.

How you were to me, how I am to you,
my afflicted heart understands clearly.
It measures its own sin
in terms of its own self-pity.


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Text added to the website: 2020-01-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-02 12:24:55
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