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

Se al labbro mio non credi
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se al labbro mio non credi,
Cara nemica mia,
Aprimi il petto e vedi,
Qual sia l'amante cor.

Il cor dolente, afflitto
ma d’ogni colpa privo,
se pur non è delitto
un innocente ardor.

W. Mozart sets stanza 1


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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "My dear enemy,", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2004-07-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 34

My dear enemy,
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
My dear enemy,
if you do not believe my lips,
Open my breast and see
just how loving is this heart:

this heart, wounded and afflicted,
though free of any guilt.
That is, if an innocent passion
is not itself a sin.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-11
Line count: 8
Word count: 42