by Giuseppe Maria Foppa (1760 - 1845)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Il mio ben sospiro e chiamo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ma se mai,
ora che il mio tutore
è in si gran movimento
o sospetta o discopre... Ah! qual cimento!

Il mio ben sospiro e chiamo    
vita e speme a questo core;
ma fra l'ombre del timore
son costretta a palpitar.
Ah si vada... qui che fai?

(accorgendosi di Germano che fa vista d'entrare nell'altro gabinetto)

Vai a chiuder?... Ti dispenso...
Vien qualcun... Chi sarà mai?...

(osservando verso la porta del fondo)

È il tutor sicuramente!...
Gli dirai... (Cresce l'imbroglio...)
tu va pur... (Confusa incerta
io mi sento vacillar.)
(Quanto pena un'alma amante!
Quanto costa un vero amar!)


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "I sigh and call out for my love", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2018-05-14
Line count: 19
Word count: 98

I sigh and call out for my love
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
But if my Argus-like guardian
were to in this very moment
suspect or, worse, discover...
Ah! what tribulation would then ensue!

I sigh and call out for my love;
to my heart he is life and hope,
and midst the darkness imposed by fear,
I am compelled to tremble.

becoming aware of Germano who makes himself noticed as he enters the other room

Get out of here! What are you doing here?
Are you closing up? I'll let you get on with it.

(observing the back door>

Someone's coming... Who could it be?
My guardian, surely!
You'll tell him... (the muddle is growing now...)
You can leave... (I feel torn apart
by confusion and anxiety.
A loving soul must endure so much pain!
A true love costs so much!)


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-14
Line count: 19
Word count: 129