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

Benchè tinta del sangue fraterno
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Benché tinta del sangue fraterno,
la corona non perde splendor.
Quella colpa che guida sul trono,
sfortunata non trova perdono
ma felice si chiama valor.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The crown loses none of its brilliance", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The crown loses none of its brilliance
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
The crown loses none of its brilliance,
though it be stained with my brother's blood.

If the blow which guides me to the throne
is a failure, there is no hope of pardon.
If it succeeds, then it will be called courageous.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-11-12
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Word count: 42