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Non ho in petto un'alma ingrata. So punir, e so premiar. Contra il fasto armo il rigor. Con la fede uso l'amor. L'arte è questa del regnar: saper farsi temer, e farsi amar.
- by Apostolo Zeno (1669 - 1750) [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 Antonio Lotti (1667 - 1740), "Non ho in petto un'alma ingrata", 1716, first performed 1716 [ soprano voice and strings ], from opera Alessandro Severo [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "My soul is not ungrateful", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2018-08-01
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Word count: 33
My soul is not ungrateful. I can punish just as easily as I can reward. Against haughtiness, I am strict. But love is my response to loyalty. This is the secret of ruling: Know how to be feared and to be loved.
- Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2019 by Andrew Schneider, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2019-10-10
Line count: 6
Word count: 42