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

Che fa il mio bene?
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Che fa il mio bene?
Perché non viene?
Veder mi vuole
languir così?
Oggi è pur lento
nel corso il sole!
Ogni momento
mi sembra un dì.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "What is my love doing?", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Que fait mon bien-aimé ?", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 27

What is my love doing?
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
What is my love doing?
Why does he not come?
Does he wish to see me languish here?

The sun's course is so slow,
and every moment seems a whole day.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-11
Line count: 5
Word count: 31