by Grazio Braccioli (1682 - 1752)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Benché nasconda
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Benché nasconda  
la serpe in seno
spietata, e immonda
il rio veleno,
è men crudele
che t'ingannò.

È pien di frodi
il regno infido,
e in altro lido
io fuggirò.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Though the serpent hide", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-20
Line count: 11
Word count: 31

Though the serpent hide
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Though the malicious serpent
hide in one's breast,
leaching foul and wicked poison,
it is less cruel than the disloyal one
who has deceived you.

This is a kingdom
of treachery and fraud,
and I shall flee straightaway
to happier shores.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-02
Line count: 9
Word count: 41