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Pietro Metastasio Prepare thy soul calmly to obey; such offering will be more acceptable to God than every other sacrifice.
Pietro Metastasio Sharp and fell remorse, the offspring of my sin! Why do you, O God, lacerate my heart so late? Why, O boding cries, that scream so close to me,--why do I listen to you now, and never heard you before?
Pietro Metastasio If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied!