by Giacomo Francesco Bussani (flourished 1673-1680)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Speranza mi dice
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Speranza mi dice,
che questa mia mano
vendetta farà.
Il cor mi predice,
che rege inumano
svenato cadrà.
Speranza mi dice.

Mi dice il pensiero,
che l'empio regnante
esangue sarà.
Che rege severo
trafitto, e spirante
quest'alma vedrà.
Speranza mi dice.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-27
Line count: 14
Word count: 41

Hope tells me
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Hope tells me
that this hand of mine
shall achieve vengeance.
My heart tells me that 
the inhuman king 
shall succumb to his wounds.
So hope tells me.

My thoughts say
that the wicked ruler
shall be bled dry.
This harsh potentate,
pierced and gasping for breath,
shall see this soul triumph.
So hope tells me.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-28
Line count: 14
Word count: 56