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

Sol che un istante io miri
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Sol che un istante io miri, 
la bella mia nemica,
la dolce fiamma antica, 
sento svegliarmi in sen;

ritorno a miei sospiri, 
d'amor per lei mi moro;
il mio destino adoro 
negli occhi del mio ben.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-02
Line count: 8
Word count: 36

If only for an instant, I admire
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
If only for an instant, I admire 
my beautiful enemy,
I can feel a sweet, ancient flame, 
Awakening in my heart;

I return to my sighing, 
My dying of love for her;
and I embrace my destiny with my whole heart,
in the eyes of the object of my desire.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 50