by Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi (c1730 - 1795)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Se di regnar sei vago
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se di regnar sei vago,  
già pago è il tuo desio,
e se vendetta vuoi
di tutti i torti tuoi,
da te dipenderà.

Da chi ti volle oppresso
già la superbia è doma,
mercé il valor di Roma,
mercé quel fato istesso,
che ognor ti seguirà.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "If you are anxious to reign", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-07
Line count: 10
Word count: 46

If you are anxious to reign
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
If you are anxious to reign,
behold your wish granted before you.
If you seek vengeance for all 
the insults you have borne,
it all depends on you.

The pride of him who sought to oppress you
has now once and for all been tamed,
thanks to the power of Rome
and to Fate herself, 
who will always follow in your footsteps.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-29
Line count: 10
Word count: 62