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

Al traditor il tradimento è pena
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Al traditor il tradimento è pena.  
Con frodi, ed inganni
mai stabil non è
fortuna mortale,
o scettro di re.
Sovente a' tiranni
il scettro reale
si cangia in catena.
Al traditor il tradimento è pena.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The traitor's just reward", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Line count: 9
Word count: 36

The traitor's just reward
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The traitor's just reward
is betrayal in kind.
The fortune of mortals 
can never be secured
with fraud and deceit,
nor can the sceptre of a king.
Often, the royal diadem,
in the hands of tyrants,
changes into a chain.
The traitor's just reward
is betrayal in kind.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-29
Line count: 11
Word count: 48