by Giuseppe Maria Foppa (1760 - 1845)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Tu mi conosci e sai
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Tu mi conosci e sai
che a me non si contrasta.
servi al comando e basta,
né osarmi replicar.
Sia l’opra appien compita,
o pagherà tua vita
un detto sol che possa
l’arcano palesar.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "You know me well enough to know", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 34

You know me well enough to know
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
You know me well enough to know
that I am not to be contradicted.
Obey my orders, period:
Do not make me repeat myself.

The task at hand shall be 
carried out to the letter:
if you blab a sole word
that could explain this secret to everyone,
your life will be forfeit.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-20
Line count: 9
Word count: 53