I learned from that countenance
(Poet's title: Da quel sembiante appresi)
Set by Schubert:
Da quel sembiante appresi
A sospirar d’amore;
Sempre per quel sembiante
La face, a cui m’accesi
Solo m’alletta e piace;
È fredda ogn’altra face
Per riscaldarmi il cuore.
From that visage I learned
How to sigh with love;
Because of that visage I shall always
Sigh with love.
That fire which ignited me
Is all that attracts and pleases me;
And all other fires are too cold
To warm my heart.
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Confirmed by Peter Rastl with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e compagni 1832, page 395.
The text appears in L’Eroe cinese, atto I, scena III (Lisinga’s aria).
To see an early edition of the text, go to page 193 [205 von 438] here: http://digital.onb.ac.at/OnbViewer/viewer.faces?doc=ABO_%2BZ176741500