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

Del destin non vi lagnate
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Del destin non vi lagnate,
se vi rese a noi soggette;
siete serve ma regnate
nella vostra servitù.
Forti noi, voi belle siete;
e vincete in ogni impresa,
quando vengono a contesa
la bellezza e la virtù.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Do not complain about destiny", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 37

Do not complain about destiny
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Do not complain about destiny
if it has rendered you women
subject to our dominion:
you may be mere servants,
but in your servitude, you are queens.

We are mighty, you are beautiful;
you surely are victorious in anything you do,
as witness all our quarrels that end at once
whenever your beauty and virtue are present.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-15
Line count: 9
Word count: 57