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

Se il labbro nol dice
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se il labbro nol dice,
ti parla il sembiante
d’amico costante,
di servo fedel.
Che farsi palese
almen con l’imprese
per esser felice
sol brama dal ciel.

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Word count: 27

If my lips do not say so
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
If my lips do not say so,
may the countenance
of a faithful friend
and loyal servant
do so for me,

for it only desires from heaven
that it at least become evident
how I may achieve happiness
through my deeds.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-05
Line count: 9
Word count: 41