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Pensa, che questo istante

by Franz Schubert

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Pensa, che questo istante
Italian source: Pietro Metastasio

Pensa, che questo istante
Del tuo destin decide,
Ch’oggi rinasce Alcide
Per la futura età.
Pensa che a dulto sei,
Che sei di Giove un figlio,
Che merto e non consiglio
La scelta tua sarà.

Consider That This Moment
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Consider that this moment
in your destiny will decide
whether Alcides is today reborn
for future ages.
Consider that you are an adult,
that you are a son of Jove,
and that your reward
will depend on your merit, not on advice.

Pensa, che questo istante
Italian source: Pietro Metastasio

Consider That This Moment
English source: Richard Wigmore

Pensa, che questo istante
Consider that this moment
Del tuo destin decide,
in your destiny will decide
Ch’oggi rinasce Alcide
whether Alcides is today reborn
Per la futura età.
for future ages.
Pensa che a dulto sei,
Consider that you are an adult,
Che sei di Giove un figlio,
that you are a son of Jove,
Che merto e non consiglio
and that your reward
La scelta tua sarà.
will depend on your merit, not on advice.

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Pietro Metastasio

Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi, better known by his pseudonym of Pietro Metastasio, was an Italian poet and librettist, considered the most important writer of opera seria libretti. Metastasio was born in Rome, where his father, Felice Trapassi,…

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