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

È vero che oppresso
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
È vero che oppresso
la sorte mi tiene;
ma reo di mie pene
l'impero non è.
Io formo a me stesso
l'affanno che provo.
Sul soglio nol trovo,
lo porto con me.

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Fate oppresses me
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Fate oppresses me,
it is true.
But the empire is not to blame
for my misfortune.

My anguish is molded
to my corporeal figure.
I do not bring it onto my throne,
but carry it along with me.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 38