by Andrea Leone Tottola (d. 1831)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

A rispettarmi apprenda
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
A rispettarmi apprenda  
chi ad obbedir sol nacque,
né seco più discenda
a patti vili un re.
Io deggio al ben del regno
ogni mi cura, o sposa:
è quell'affanno indegno
del tuo bel cor, di te.
Oh quanto grato
al tuo consiglio,
saggio mio figlio,
è il genitor!
Se ognora a lato,
caro, mi sei,
nemico agguato
non temo allor.

(ad Amaltea)

Ti calma, e taci.

(ad Osiride)

Miei cenni adempi
e se quegli empi
destar sapranno
più il mio furor.



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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "May he who was born only to obey", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 84

May he who was born only to obey
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
May he who was born only to obey
learn once again to respect me.
May a king never deign to
heed such a wretch's base agreements.

For the good of the realm,
I devote all my energy;
my dear wife, your worry
is unworthy of your noble heart.

A father is always grateful 
for his son's wise counsel.
With you at my side,
I shall never fear any enemy ambush.

(to Amaltea)
Calm yourself, be silent.

(to Osiride)
Carry out my commands;
those wretches shall merely
succeed in awakening my ire
should they dare to resist.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-16
Line count: 19
Word count: 96