Home  »  library  »  Song  »  Pietro Metastasio (1698–1782)

C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Pietro Metastasio (1698–1782)

Without and Within

IF every man’s internal care

Were written on his brow,

How many would our pity share

Who raise our envy now?

The fatal secret, when revealed,

Of every aching breast,

Would prove that only while concealed

Their lot appeared the best.