by Vincenzo Grimani (1655? - 1710)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Qual piacer a un cor pietoso
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Qual piacer a un cor pietoso  
l'apportar sollievo a' miseri:
prendi tu ancora, prendi.
Ma rassembra tormentoso
il veder fra turbe tante
che vi manchi un zelo amante,
che il lor stato almen commiseri.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "What pleasure to a pious heart", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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What pleasure to a pious heart
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
What pleasure to a pious heart
is it to bring solace to the poor!
Take this; you, too! take it!
It seems such a torment
to see among such a big crowd
nobody who will support you zealously,
nobody who will share in your state!


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-16
Line count: 7
Word count: 45