by Apostolo Zeno (1669 - 1750)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Base al regno e guida al trono
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Base al regno e guida al trono,  
ciò che giova si comande;
le virtù, le leggi sono
freno al vil, non meta al grande.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The foundation of my rule", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-25
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Word count: 24

The foundation of my rule
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The foundation of my rule,
and my guide to the throne:
"I must do that 
which benefits me."

Virtues and laws are nothing but
a restraint to get cowards to back away,
and not a goal to which
the great should aspire.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-10
Line count: 8
Word count: 42