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

L'angue offeso mai non posa
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
L'angue offeso mai non posa,
se il veleno pria non spande
dentro il sangue all'offensor.

Così l'alma mia non osa
di mostrarsi altera e grande
se non svelle l'empio cor.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "A serpent, when provoked", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-02
Line count: 6
Word count: 30

A serpent, when provoked
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
A serpent, when provoked,
will not rest before
emptying its poison
into the offender's blood.

So my soul does not dare
to vaunt its merits
if it does not eradicate
that wicked heart.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 33