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Ah celar la bella face in cui pena un cor fedele è difficile, è crudele, è impossibile dover. Benché in petto amor sepolto prigioniero contumace frange i lacci e fugge al volto con gli arcani del pensier.
- by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio, appears in Il Trionfo de Clelia, first published 1762 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Giovanni Adolfo Hasse (1699 - 1783), "Ah celar la bella face", from opera Il trionfo di Clelia [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2019-12-10
Line count: 8
Word count: 37
To conceal the great flame by which a faithful heart suffers is a difficult, a cruel, alas, an impossible duty. Even though buried deep in one's heart, love, a rebellious prisoner will break its chains and flee via one's face, taking with it one's secret thoughts.
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- a text in Italian (Italiano) by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio, appears in Il Trionfo de Clelia, first published 1762
This text was added to the website: 2020-03-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 46