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

L'empio sleale indegno
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
L'empio sleale indegno
vorria rapirmi il regno,
e disturbar così
la pace mia.

Ma perda pur la vita
prima che in me tradita
dall'avido suo cor
la fede sia.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "That wicked, treacherous wretch", 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: 8
Word count: 29

That wicked, treacherous wretch
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
That wicked, treacherous wretch
would seek to rob me
of my kingdom,
so as to disturb my repose.

Let him perish, then,
before he and his covetous heart
should make me
an example of betrayed faith.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 36