by Apostolo Zeno (1669 - 1750)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Ho nel seno un doppio ardore
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ho nel seno un doppio ardore  
di speranza e di timore,
or sì dolce, or sì crudele,
che il mio labbro dir no 'l può.

E alla voce lusinghiera
d'una speme menzognera,
crudo amor, irato cielo,
più resistere non so.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "In my breast dwells a double passion", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-25
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Word count: 40

In my breast dwells a double passion
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
In my breast dwells a double passion,
alternating between hope and fear.
One is so sweet, 
the other is so cruel,
and my lips cannot possibly explain it.

And I can no longer resist
the flattering voice
of a false hope,
o cruel Love and wrathful Heaven.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-09
Line count: 9
Word count: 47