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

Perché, se tanti siete
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Perché, se tanti siete
che delirar mi fate,
perché non m'uccidete
affanni del mio cor.
Crescete, oh dio, crescete,
fin che mi porga aita
con togliermi di vita
l'eccesso del dolor. 

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Why, if you who overwhelm me
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Why, if you who overwhelm me
are so numerous,
do you not just kill me,
worries of my heart?

You grow, o God, you grow,
until you render aid unto me
by taking away all my pain
as well as my life.

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Word count: 42