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

Per quel paterno amplesso
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Per quel paterno amplesso,  
per questo estremo addio,
conservami te stesso,
placami l'idol mio,
difendimi il mio re.

[Vado a morir beato,
se della Persia il fato
tutto si sfoga in me.]1

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1 omitted by Mozart; Cimarosa has the following instead:
Barbara io vado a morte!
Contenta al fin sarai.
Ah nò, sperò giammai
tal sorte la mia fè.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "By this paternal embrace", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-04-26
Line count: 9
Word count: 33

By this paternal embrace
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
By this paternal embrace,
and by this final farewell,
for my sake save yourself,
placate my beloved,
and defend my king.

If Persia's destiny
must run its course
through my death,
I shall consider myself blessed.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-25
Line count: 10
Word count: 37