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

So che pastor son io
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
So che pastor son io
né cederei finor
lo stato d’un pastor
per mille imperi.
Se poi lo stato mio
il ciel cangiar vorrà,
il ciel mi fornirà
d’altri pensieri.

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Word count: 30

I know that I am a shepherd
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I know that I am a shepherd
and until now I would not 
yield my lowly pastoral state
for a thousand empires.

If it should happen that heaven 
should desire to change my state,
then it will provide me with 
other thoughts accordingly.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 43