by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Ah non son io che parlo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ah non son io che parlo,
è il barbaro dolore
che mi divide il core,
che delirar mi fa.
Non cura il ciel tiranno
l’affanno in cui mi vedo.
Un fulmine gli chiedo
e un fulmine non ha.

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Ah, it is not I who am talking
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Ah, it is not I who am talking,
but rather this fierce pain
which rends my heart asunder
and which causes me to lose my senses.

Cruel heaven cannot cure this suffering
which I see myself enduring.
Though I ask for lightning
to strike me down,
heaven has no such bolts.

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Line count: 9
Word count: 51