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

Leon piagato a morte
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Leon piagato a morte
sente mancar la vita,
guarda la sua ferita
né s’avvilisce ancor.
Così fra l’ire estreme
rugge, minaccia e freme
che fa tremar morendo
talvolta il cacciator.

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Line count: 8
Word count: 30

A lion, when wounded fatally
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
A lion, when wounded fatally,
as he feels his life slipping away,
is even more disheartened
when he looks at his wound.

Thus, he roars, threatens, and shakes,
running the gamut of all kinds of rage,
so that, in his dying spasms, he may even cause
the experienced hunter to tremble.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 51