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

Io non so se amor tu sei
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Io non so se amor tu sei
che penar così mi fai;
ma se amor tu fossi mai
ah nasconditi nel sen.
Se di nascermi nel petto
impedirti io non potei,
a morirvi ignoto affetto
obbligarti io voglio almen.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "I do not know if it is you, Love", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2018-05-12 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-08-14 21:04:09
Line count: 8
Word count: 39

I do not know if it is you, Love
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I do not know if it is you, Love,
who causes me to suffer so.
But if you are not Love,
pray hide yourself in my breast.

If I can't prevent you 
from being born in my heart,
I must at least oblige you,
ignoble affection, to perish.


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Text added to the website: 2018-06-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-06-09 14:25:10
Line count: 8
Word count: 48