by Giovanni Battista Casti (1724 - 1803)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Se voi bramate
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se voi bramate  
il nostro amore,
l'arte imparate
di farvi amar.
I vezzi teneri,
i dolci modi,
il tratto amabile
sono quei nodi
che il cor ci possono
Col ruvido impero,
coll'aspra favella,
col ciglio severo,
di giovine bella
invan pretendete
l'affetto acquistar.
Se ancor non l'intende
tu meglio, o Sandrino,
a quel babbuino
la scuola puoi far.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "If you desire our love", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2018-06-05
Line count: 20
Word count: 59

If you desire our love
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
If you desire our love,
learn the art of making yourself loved.
Tender caresses,
sweet nothings,
graceful features
are the knots that can bind us.
Rough commands,
sharp-tongued speeches,
harsh gazes:
in vain with these do you seek
a young woman's affections.
Sandrino, if he still doesn't understand,
you can best teach this baboon
the lesson he needs.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-05
Line count: 14
Word count: 58