TUTTI Oh! qual funesto avvenimento! ... Tutti ne ingombra cupo spavento! Notte, ricopri la ria sventura Col tenebroso tuo denso vel. Ah! quella destra di sangue impura L'ira non chiami su noi de ciel.
English Libretto or Translation:
CHORUS Oh, what a tragedy! A numb terror paralyses us all! O night, shroud the cruel mishap with your dense, sombre veil.
RAIMONDO and CHORUS Ah, may that blood-smirched hand not bring upon us Heaven's wrath.
RAIMONDO She fixed her eyes on me and clutched the dagger!
CHORUS And she still clutched the dagger!
RAIMONDO and CHORUS Ah, may the blood-smirched hand not bring upon us Heaven's wrath, etc. (Lucia enters, garbed simply in white, her hair dishevelled, a pallor of death on her face, giving her a ghostly appearance. Her stony stare, convulsive movements and bitter smile disclose not only a violent insanity, but also that death for her is imminent.)