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

Torna innocente e poi
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Torna innocente e poi  
t'ascolterò, se vuoi,
tutto per te farò.

Ma finché reo ti veggio,
compiangerti non deggio,
difenderti non so.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Return innocent, and then", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-04-21
Line count: 6
Word count: 22

Return innocent, and then
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Return innocent, and then
I will listen if you wish, 
and for you will do anything.

But I must not share in your anguish
while I see you to be guilty,
and know not how to defend you.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-04-21
Line count: 6
Word count: 38