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

Dell'infido a te s'aspetta  
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Dell'infido a te s'aspetta  
la vendetta,
mia oltraggiata fedeltà.
Se tacendo or lo difendo,
è furore, e sembra amore;
è fierezza, e par pietà.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-01
Line count: 6
Word count: 24

My outraged fidelity awaits
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
My outraged fidelity awaits
for vengeance at your hand
upon that traitor.
If I defend him now
by remaining silent,
it is wrath which resembles love,
it is pride which resembles mercy.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-12
Line count: 7
Word count: 32