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

Involarmi il mio tesoro?
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Involarmi il mio tesoro?
Ah dov’è quest’alma ardita?
Ha da togliermi la vita
chi vuol togliermi il mio ben.
M’avvilisce in queste spoglie
il poter di due pupille;
ma lo so ch’io sono Achille
e mi sento Achille in sen.

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Word count: 40

Kidnapping my treasure?
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Kidnapping my treasure?
Where is that rash soul?
Whoever wants to rob me of my beloved
will have to kill me first!

I am rendered  meek in this disguise
by the power of two eyes.
But I know that I am Achilles,
and my heart is that of Achilles!

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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-26
Line count: 8
Word count: 49