by Apostolo Zeno (1669 - 1750)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Posso amar; ma sol per poco
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Posso amar; ma sol per poco:  
così amor non è viltà.
Lunga fede è un lungo affanno.
Servir sempre al suo tiranno
è un oblio di libertà.

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I can love, but not for long
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
I can love, but not for long.
Such love does not debase me.
Faith long-kept becomes an encumbrance.
If I serve my tyrant for too long,
I will forget what liberty is.

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