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

Nasce al bosco in rozza cuna
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Nasce al bosco in rozza cuna
un felice pastorello
e coll’aure di fortuna
giunge i regni a dominar.
Presso al trono in regie fasce
sventurato un altro nasce
e fra l’ire della sorte
va gli armenti a pascolar.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-07-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

In the woods, in a rough crib
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
In the woods, in a rough crib,
a happy, carefree shepherd is born,
and buoyed by the breezes of Fortune,
he comes to dominate empires.

Close to the throne, in kingly garb,
another unlucky soul is born,
and set upon by Fate's cruelty,
he goes forth to graze flocks.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 49