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

Son rege al trono, e son amante a letto
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Son rege al trono, e son amante a letto.  
Questo cor non meno apprezza
del diadema al crin ristretto
il tesor d'una bellezza,
o l'avorio d'un bel petto.
Son rege al trono, e son amante a letto.
L'aureo scettro è mio tesoro,
un bel volto è mio diletto,
se m'alletta il serto d'oro
a ciascuna do il mio affetto.
Son rege al trono, e son amante a letto.

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

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "On the throne, I am a king. In bed, a lover.", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-27
Line count: 11
Word count: 68

On the throne, I am a king. In bed, a lover.
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
On the throne, I am a king. In bed, a lover.
This heart does not prize any less
than the diadem fitting cosily upon one's head,
the treasure of beauty itself,
or a luscious breast, white as ivory.
On the throne, I am a king. In bed, a lover.
The golden scepter is my treasure,
a pretty face my delight.
If a golden wreath should attract any lady,
I shall give her my affection.
On the throne, I am a king. In bed, a lover.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-30
Line count: 11
Word count: 85