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

Quell'innocente figlio
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE GER
Quell'innocente figlio,
Dono del Ciel sì raro,
Quel figlio a te sì caro,
Quello vuol Dio da te.

Vuol che rimanga esangue
Sotto al paterno ciglio;
Vuol che ne sparga il sangue
Chi vita già gli diè.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e compagni 1832, page 543.

The text appears in "Isacco figura del redentore", parte I, Aria dell' Angelo.


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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Aquell fill innocent", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "That innocent son", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ce fils innocent", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Dieser unschuldige Sohn", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 37

That innocent son
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
That innocent son,
such a rare gift of heaven,
that son so dear to you,
it is him who God demands from you.

He wants me, the father, to remain weak
before His fatherly eyes,
he wants me to shed the blood 
of whom I have given life.

Translator's note: The plot is about God testing Abraham by commanding him to sacrifice his son Isaac.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-02-27
Line count: 8
Word count: 48