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

Basta così, t'intendo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Basta così; t’intendo;
già ti spiegasti a pieno.
E mi diresti meno
se mi dicessi più.
Meglio parlar tacendo;
dir molto in pochi detti
de’ violenti affetti
è solita virtù.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Enough of this, I understand you.", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-09
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Word count: 30

Enough of this, I understand you.
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Enough of this, I understand you.
You've already explained yourself fully.
And you would say less
if you only told me more.

Better to speak in silence,
saying much in few words
about violent affections
and accustomed virtue.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-20
Line count: 8
Word count: 38