by Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi (c1730 - 1795)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Vado incontro al fato estremo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Vado incontro al fato estremo,  
crudo ciel, sorte spietata;
ma frattanto un'alma ingrata
l'ombra mia precederà.

Vuo', che almeno altrui non giovi
il rigor della mia stella;
vuo', che alfin crudel mi trovi
chi sprezzò la mia pietà.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "I sally forth in the face of destiny", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 38

I sally forth in the face of destiny
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I sally forth in the face of destiny,
cruel heaven, merciless fortune;
and yet, your ungrateful soul
shall surely precede my shade to the grave.

Such is my will: though my demise be cruel,
nobody shall find in it cause for comfort,
and she who has scorned my mercy
shall finally feel the full onslaught of my cruelty.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-09
Line count: 8
Word count: 58