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

Chi mai di questo core
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN FRE GER
Chi mai di questo core
  Saprà le vie secrete,
  Se voi non le sapete,
  [Begli occhi]1 del mio ben?
Voi che dal primo istante,
  Quando divenni amante,
  Il mio nascosto [amore]2
  Mi conosceste in sen.

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Confirmed with Poesie del Signor Abbate Pietro Metastasio. Poeta e Bibliotecario Cesareo, Tomo Sesto. Londra, 1774, pages 351-352.

1 Donizetti: "Begl'occhi"
2 Donizetti: "foco"


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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-17
Line count: 8
Word count: 35

Who shall ever know
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Who shall ever know
The secret ways of this heart,
If you do not know them,
Beautiful eyes of my love?
You, who from the first moment,
When I became your lover,
Knew the fire hidden
In my heart?

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Translation of title "Chi mai di questo core" = "Who shall ever know"


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Line count: 8
Word count: 39