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

Ah rammenta, o bella Irene
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Ah rammenta, o bella Irene,
  Che giurasti a me costanza;
  Ah ritorna, amato bene,
  Ah ritorna al primo amor,
Qual conforto, oh Dio, m'avanza?
  Chi sarà la mia speranza?
  Per chi viver più degg' io,
  Se più mio non è quel cor?

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Confirmed with Poesie del Signor Abbate Pietro Metastasio. Poeta e Bibliotecario Cesareo, Tomo Sesto. Londra, 1774, pages 352-353.


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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), [adaptation] ; composed by Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Luk Laerenbergh) , "Ah! remember, lovely Irene", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Luk Laerenbergh , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 42

Ach, besinn’ dich, schön’ Irene
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Ach, besinn’ dich, schön’ Irene,
dass du Treue mir geschworen.
Kehr zurück, geliebte Schöne,
zu der ersten Liebe dein.
Welcher Trost, o Gott, verbleibt mir,
wer wird meine Hoffnung sein?
Welchem neuen soll ich leben,
wenn dies Herz nicht länger mein?

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Translation of title "Ah rammenta" = "Ach, besinn' dich"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-02-17
Line count: 8
Word count: 41