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

Crudo ciel, spietata sorte
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Crudo ciel, spietata sorte,  
senza legge, e senza fede!
O voi datemi la morte,
o sciogliete questo piede.


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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Cruel heaven, ruthless fate", 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: 2018-07-28
Line count: 4
Word count: 18

Cruel heaven, ruthless fate
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Cruel heaven, ruthless fate,
lawless and faithless!
Either unbind my feet
or give me death.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-29
Line count: 4
Word count: 15