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

Chi perde un momento
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Chi perde un momento
d'un dolce contento
lagnarsi non deve
s'amor poi l'affanna.

L'affetto in un petto
se tosto non viene malcerto
si tiene, e amor lo condanna.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Whoever wastes a moment", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-02
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Word count: 28

Whoever wastes a moment
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Whoever wastes a moment
of sweet contentment
should not complain
if love should then proceed
to trouble him.

If affection should not swiftly come
to an uncertain breast,
it shall hold itself back,
and love will condemn it.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-04
Line count: 9
Word count: 38