by Paolo Antonio Rolli (1687 - 1765)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Che veggio? Che sento?
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Che veggio? Che sento?
Catene, tormento;
son Ré, ma dov’è
il regno, il soglio?
Ahi tutto perde
il misero cor!

Aita non spero,
conforto non voglio,
son preda al furor.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "What see I? What hear I?", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-01
Line count: 9
Word count: 30

What see I? What hear I?
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
What see I? What hear I?
Chains, torment,
I am a king, but where is my kingdom?
Where is my throne?
Alas, my wretched heart 
has lost everything!

I expect no assistance,
I desire no comfort,
I am prey to fury.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-07
Line count: 9
Word count: 41