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

Pensa a serbarmi, o cara
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Pensa a serbarmi, oh cara,
i dolci affetti tuoi;
amami, oh cara,
e lascia poi ogn’altra cura a me, cara!
Tu mi vuoi dir col pianto,
che resti in abbandono;
nò, così vil non sono,
[e meco ingrato tanto
Cesare non è.]1

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1 : Jommelli: "e meco irato tanto / il fato non è."


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Think only of preserving for me, my dearest", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-31
Line count: 9
Word count: 42

Think only of preserving for me, my dearest
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Think only of preserving for me,
my dearest, your sweet regard,
love me, my dear,
and leave all other cares to me!
You wish to tell me with your weeping
that you are utterly abandoned,
No, I am not so cruel,
nor is Caesar so ungrateful towards me.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-31
Line count: 8
Word count: 48