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

L'empio rigor del fato
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
L'empio rigor del fato
vile non potrà farmi,
se misera mi fè;

E tu, crudo tiranno,
in van tenti placarmi,
se m'hai legato il piè.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The cruel commands of fate", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The cruel commands of fate
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The cruel commands of fate
cannot make me a coward,
though they make me miserable.

And you, barbarous tyrant,
you who restrain my movements,
in vain do you seek to placate me.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-25
Line count: 6
Word count: 32