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

Serbate, o Dei custodi
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Serbate, o Dei custodi
Della Romana sorte,
In Tito, il giusto, il forte,
L'onor di nostra età.

Voi gl'immortali allori
Su la Cesarea chioma,
Voi custodite a Roma
La sua felicità.

Fu vostro un sì gran dono;
Sia lungo il dono vostro;
L'invidii al mondo nostro
Il mondo che verrà.

W. Mozart sets stanza 1

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e compagni 1832, page 251.

The text appears in "La Clemenza di Tito", atto I, scena V


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Serveu, oh déus custodis", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Preserve, o gods", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Gardez, ô Dieux gardiens", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 50

Preserve, o gods
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Preserve, o gods who 
preside over the fate of Rome,
the honor of our age
in Titus, the just and mighty.

You, immortal laurels
upon the imperial head,
you guard Rome's happiness
for all posterity.

Such a gift can only come from you;
may it last us a long time.
May the world that is to come
look upon ours with envy.


  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2018 by Andrew Schneider, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-01
Line count: 12
Word count: 62