by Luigi Romanelli (1751 - 1839)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Se di certo io non sapessi
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se di certo io non sapessi  
che la donna è ingannatrice,
i lamenti di Clarice
mi farebbero pietà.
Pietà? pietà?... spropositi;
dove mi va la testa?
guai, se a pietà mi desta!
son fritto, come va.
Ah! non sedurmi, amore;
è giusto il mio rigore:
ah! non fia ver che in femmina
io sogni fedeltà.


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If I did not know for certain
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
If I did not know for certain
that women are by nature deceitful,
then Clarice's laments would
surely arouse in me pity.
Pity? Folly! Where has my head gone?
Woe if my mind should
ever incline me towards pity!
In that case, I am doomed!
Love, don't seduce me;
my severity is perfectly reasonable.
May it not be true that I 
should ever imagine women to be faithful.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-14
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Word count: 68