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

Basta così; ti cedo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Basta così; ti cedo.
Qual mi vorrai son io;
ma per pietà lo chiedo,
non dimandar perché.
Tanto sul voler mio
chi ti donò d’impero
non osa il mio pensiero
né men cercar fra sé.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Enough; I yield", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2018-05-12 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-08-14 21:04:14
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Enough; I yield
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Enough; I yield.
I am what you want,
but do not ask me 
why I seek pity 
from the likes of you.

My thoughts do not dare
so much as to look upon themselves
as much as upon my will,
which granted you empire in the first place.


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Text added to the website: 2018-06-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-06-09 14:15:15
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Word count: 48