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

Che mi giova impero e soglio
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Che mi giova impero e soglio,
s’io non voglio uscir di affanni,
s’io nutrisco i miei tiranni
negli affetti del mio cor.
Che infelice al mondo io sia,
lo conosco, è colpa mia.
Non è colpa dello sdegno,
non è colpa dell’amor.

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What good to me are empire and throne
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
What good to me are empire and throne
if I wish not to escape my suffering thereby,
if I persist rather in nourishing my tyrants
who reside within the recesses of my heart?

To the world I must seem so unhappy,
and by my fault I know this is so.
It is not the fault of enmity,
nor is it the fault of love.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 64