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

Fra l'ombre un lampo solo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Fra l'ombre un lampo solo
Basta al nocchier sagace
Che già ritrova il polo,
Che riconosce il mar.

Al pellegrin ben spesso
basta un vestigio impresso
perché la via fallace
non l’abbia ad ingannar.

N. Vaccaj sets stanza 1

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Word count: 34

The wise helmsman
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The wise helmsman
only needs one flash of lightning
to find the correct pole
and recognize the sea
on which he treads in the shade.

Quite often, the pilgrim only needs
a vestigial remembrance 
imprinted in his mind
to not be led astray
by a fallible route.

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Translations of title(s):
"Fra l'ombre un lampo solo" = "Amongst the shades"
"Intervalli di settima" = "Sevenths"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-07
Line count: 10
Word count: 47