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

Io son padre e nol sarei
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Io son padre e nol sarei,
se lasciassi a’ figli miei
un esempio di viltà.
Come ogn’altro ho core in petto;
ma vassallo è in me l’affetto;
ma tiranno in voi si fa.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "I am a father, and I would not be one", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-11
Line count: 6
Word count: 33

I am a father, and I would not be one
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I am a father, and I would not be one
if for my children I left behind
a reputation for cowardice.

I have a heart, as do others,
but love is my vassal;
however, in you it has usurped
tyrannical power.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-21
Line count: 7
Word count: 41