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

Guarda pria se in questa fronte
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Guarda pria se in questa fronte
trovi scritto alcun delitto
e dirai che la mia sorte
desta invidia e non pietà.

Bella prova è d'alma forte
L'esser placida e serena
Nel soffrir l'ingiusta pena
D'una colpa che non ha.

N. Vaccaj sets stanza 2

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Line count: 8
Word count: 39

Look first upon this face
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Look first upon this face;
see whether there you find written 
any crime, and you will say
that my fate awakes envy, not pity.

A great proof of a courageous soul
is being peaceful and serene
whilst suffering an unjust punishment
for a crime for which one is blameless.

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Translations of title(s):
"Guarda se pria in questa fronte" = "Look first upon this face"
"Intervalli di sesta" = "Sixths"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 49