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

Come il candore
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Come il candore
D'intatta neve
È d'un bel core
La fedeltà.

Un'orma sola 
Che in sé riceve
Tutta ne invola
La sua beltà.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Alberto Pedrotti , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 23

How the purity
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
How the purity
of an undisturbed patch of snow
is like a loving heart's 

It takes only one footprint
to rob it of all
that is beautiful.

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Translations of title(s):
"Come il candore" = "How the purity"
"Introduzione alle volate" = "Introduction to runs"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-16
Line count: 7
Word count: 28