O patria o cara patria

Opera details:

Opera title:

I Vespri Siciliani

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

I Vespri Siciliani Synopsis

Libretto:

I Vespri Siciliani Libretto

Translation(s):

Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Giovanni da Procida

Voice(s):

Bass

Act:

2.01a

Previous scene: Ah! fuggi fuggi io tel comando
Next scene: O tu Palermo terra adorato

Libretto/Lyrics/Text:

PROCIDA
solo
O patria, o cara patria, alfin ti veggo!
L'esule ti saluta
Dopo sì lunga assenza;
Il tuo fiorente suolo
Bacio, e ripien d'amore
Reco il mio voto a te, col braccio e il core!

O tu, Palermo, terra adorata,
De' miei verdi anni - riso d'amor,
Alza la fronte tanto oltraggiata,
Il tuo ripiglia - primier splendor!
Chiesi aita a straniere nazioni,
Ramingai per castella e città:
Ma, insensibili ai fervidi sproni,
Rispondeano con vana pietà! -
Siciliani! ov'è il prisco valor?
Su, sorgete a vittoria, all'onor!

English Libretto or Translation:

PROCIDA
O fatherland, dear fatherland,
I behold you again at last!
The exile greets you after long absence.
Filled with love,
I kiss your verdant soil;
I bring to thee the pledge of hand and heart.

O Palermo, country I adore,
smile of the beloved art thou to me!
Ah, lift thy much-abused face,
take on thy former glory!
Seeking help from foreign powers,
I travelled from castle to city,
but, unmoved by my fervour, all replied:
Sicilians, where is your former valour?
Arise, arise to victory and to honour!
O Palermo, etc.
... take on thy former noble glory!

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