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

Si soffre una tiranna
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Si soffre una tiranna
Lo so per prova anch'io,
Ma un'infedele, oh Dio,
No, non si può soffrir.

Ah se il mio ben m’inganna,
se già cambiò pensiero,
pria ch’io ne sappia il vero
fatemi o dei morir.

G. Donizetti sets stanza 1

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "One can suffer a cruel woman", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-05-02
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

One can suffer a cruel woman
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
One can suffer a cruel woman;
I know that through experience.
But, O God, an unfaithful one
is not to be borne.

Ah, if my love deceives me,
if she has already changed her mind,
first, help me learn the truth
about it, or you must die.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-19
Line count: 8
Word count: 47