by Paolo Antonio Rolli (1687 - 1765)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Sospiro, è vero
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Sospiro, è vero,
ma se vuoi saper perchè
risponder non saprò,
Dirò che per pietà,
ma se mi chiederai
tanta pietà perchè,
ancor sospirerò.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "'Tis true, I sigh", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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'Tis true, I sigh
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
'Tis true, I sigh,
but if you want to know the reason,
I know not how to respond.
I'll say 'tis out of pity.
But ask not why I dare
To manifest unto thee such tender emotion,
Lest I shall sigh again.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-07
Line count: 7
Word count: 42