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

Al valor di questa spada
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Al valor di questa spada  
fia, che cada
il superbo al regio piè.

E vedrà, nel dì fatale,
quanto vale
cor d'amante, e cor di re.


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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "To my sword's might", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-21
Line count: 6
Word count: 26

To my sword's might
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
To my sword's might
let the proud man fall
at the royal feet.

And he shall see,
on that fatal day,
how much a lover's heart
is worth,
and that of a king.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 33