by Sebastiano Biancardi (1679 - 1741), as Domenico Lalli
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Esser deggio come un scoglio
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Esser deggio come un scoglio
che all'orgoglio
di due venti
senza moversi sen sta.

Hanno in petto egual valore
fede e amore,
ma costante forte 
il cor li sosterrà.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "I must be like a stone", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 29

I must be like a stone
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I must be like a stone
that remains immobile
even when confronted
with two proud winds.

Faith and love may have equal worth,
but my heart will sustain them
with constancy and strength.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-11
Line count: 7
Word count: 33