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

Tu sai che amante io sono
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Tu sai che amante io sono;
tu sai la sorte mia;
ah chi pietà desia
non può negar pietà.
Della pietà che io dono
quella ch’io bramo è pegno,
che di pietade è indegno
chi compatir non sa.

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You know that I am a lover
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
You know that I am a lover.
You likewise know my destiny.
Whoever desires pity
cannot deny mercy.

He who cannot feel compassion
is himself unworthy of mercy.
Allow the mercy that I bestow
to serve as a pledge for the pity I seek.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-20
Line count: 8
Word count: 44