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

Figlio se più non vivi
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Figlio se più non vivi,
morrò; ma del mio fato
farò che un re svenato
preceda messaggier.
Infin che il padre arrivi
fa’ che sospenda il remo
colà sul guado estremo
il pallido nocchier.

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "My son, if you no longer live", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-21
Line count: 8
Word count: 34

My son, if you no longer live
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
My son, if you no longer live,
I will follow you to the grave.
But a slain king will surely precede me
to relate unto you my fate.

Take care that Charon,
the pale-faced sailor of Hades,
not row you across fatal Styx
until I arrive.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 46