Deh! con te li prendi

Opera details:

Opera title:

Norma

Composer:

Vincenzo Bellini

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Norma Synopsis

Libretto:

Norma Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Norma / Adalgisa

Voice(s):

Soprano / Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano

Act:

2.04

Previous scene: Me chiami o Norma
Next scene: Mira o Norma

Libretto/Lyrics/Text:

NORMA
Pei figli suoi t'imploro.

Deh! Con te, li prendi,
Li sostieni, li difendi
Non ti chiedo onori e fasci,
A' tuoi figli ei fian serbati.
Prego sol che i miei non lasci
Schiavi, abbietti, abbandonati.
Basti a te che disprezzata,
Che tradita io fui per te.
Adalgisa, deh! ti muova
Tanto strazio del mio cor.

ADALGISA
Norma, ah! Norma, ancora amata,
Madre ancora sarai per me.
Tienti i figli.
Ah! Non, ah non fia mai
Ch'io mi tolga a queste arene!

NORMA
Tu giurasti.

ADALGISA
Sì, giurai.
Ma il tuo bene, il sol tuo bene.
Vado al campo ed all'ingrato
Tutti io reco i tuoi lamenti.
La pietà che m'hai destato
Parlerà sublimi accenti.
Spera, ah, spera, amor, natura
Ridestar in lui vedrai.
Del suo cor son io secura,
Norma ancor vi regnerà!

NORMA
Ch'io lo preghi?
Ah, no! Giammai! Ah! No!

ADALGISA
Norma, ti piega.

NORMA
No, più non t'odo.
Parti. Va.

ADALGISA
Ah, no! Giammai! Ah! No!

English Libretto or Translation:

NORMA
For his children's sake, I beg you.
Ah, take them with you,
Succour them, protect them.
I do not ask for glory and Honours ?
That will be for your own sons.
I ask only that my children
Be not abandoned to wretchedness and slavery.
Remember that it was for you
That I was betrayed and cast aside!…

ADALGISA
Norma, ah Norma! for me
You will always be a beloved mother.
Keep your children. May I never
Leave this land.

NORMA
You swore -

ADALGISA
Yes I swore ?
But only to do good for you.
Now I shall go to the Roman camp
And assail him with your laments.
The compassion you have stirred in me
Will speak out in sublime tones.
Do not despair ? you will see
Love and nature reawakened in him.
I am sure I know his heart ?
And Norma, there, shall reign again!...

NORMA
I should beg him? Ah no ? never.

ADALGISA
Norma ? do not resist.

NORMA
I no longer hear you ? go now, go!

ADALGISA
No, never!...

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