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

Se più fulmini vi sono
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Se più fulmini vi sono  
ecco il petto avversi dèi;
me ferite, io vi perdono;
ma salvate il genitor.

Un'immagine di voi
in quell'alma rispettate;
un esempio a noi lasciate
di costanza e di valor.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "If you have any lightning bolts left", 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: 2018-05-31
Line count: 8
Word count: 35

If you have any lightning bolts left
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
If you have any lightning bolts left,
Here is my breast, cruel gods!
Strike me down! I forgive you,
but save my father!

In his soul, behold and respect
a reflection of your image.
Leave among us an example
of loyalty and valor.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 43