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

Fra tutte le pene
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Fra tutte le pene
 V'è pena maggiore?
  Son presso al mio bene,
  Sospiro d'amore,
  E dirgli non oso:
  Sospiro per te. 
Mi manca il valore
  Per tanto soffrire,
  Mi manca l'ardire
  Per chieder mercé.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Volume Unico, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e Compagni, 1832, page 334.


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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2019-12-09
Line count: 10
Word count: 34

Die schlimmste der Strafen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Die schlimmste der Strafen
vom Schicksal beschieden?
Ich bin bei dem Liebsten, 
verzehr mich nach Liebe,
wag nicht, ihm zu sagen: 
Ich sehn mich nach dir.
Mir fehlt es an Tapferkeit, 
so viel zu erleiden,
mir fehlt es an Mut, 
um Gunst zu erflehn.

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Translation of title "Fra tutte le pene" = "Die schlimmste der Strafen"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-02-17
Line count: 10
Word count: 44