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

Per pietà, bell'idol mio
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
Per pietà, bell'idol mio,
non mi dir ch'io sono ingrato;
infelice e sventurato
abbastanza il Ciel mi fa.

Se fedele a te son io,
se mi struggo ai tuoi bei lumi,
sallo amor, lo sanno i Numi
il mio core, il tuo lo sa.

W. Mozart sets stanza 1

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

  • ENG English (Camilla Bugge) , "For Pity's Sake", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Hab Erbarmen, mein schöner Abgott", copyright © 2006, (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: 44

Par pitié, ma belle idole
Language: French (Français)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Par pitié, ma belle idole,
ne me dis pas que je suis ingrat ;
malheureux et infortuné
m'a assez rendu le Ciel.

Que je sois fidèle à toi,
Que je me languisse de tes beaux yeux,
l'amour le sait, les Dieux le savent,
mon cœur et le tien le savent.

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Translations of title(s):
"Per pietà, bell'idol mio" = "Par pitié, ma belle idole"
"Per pietà bell' idol" = "Par pitié, belle idole"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-01-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 50