by Nicola Francesco Haym (1679 - 1730)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Pastorello d'un povero armento
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Pastorello d'un povero armento  
pur dorme contento,
sotto l'ombra d'un faggio o d'alloro.

Io, d'un regno monarca fastoso,
non trovo riposo,
sotto l'ombra di porpora e d'oro.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "A shepherd, though his flock be poor", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2018-07-23
Line count: 6
Word count: 27

A shepherd, though his flock be poor
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
A shepherd, though his flock be poor,
still slumbers tranquilly
'neath the shadow of some
beech or laurel tree.

Though I be a monarch
of a kingdom known for ceremony,
I find no rest in the shadow
of the royal purple and gold.


  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2018 by Andrew Schneider, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

Based on


This text was added to the website: 2018-07-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 43