Enrico Caruso sings "Vesti la giubba," an aria from Pagliacci, composed by Ruggiero Leoncavallo.
This is the version with Salvatore Cottone at piano, recorded in Milan on November 30, 1902.
This is the earliest of 3 recorded versions--two with piano (the other one was recorded in 1904), the last with orchestra.
Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio!
Non so piů quel che dico
e quel che faccio!
Eppur č d'uopo sforzati!
Bah! Sei tu forse un uom?
Tu sei Pagliaccio!
Vesti la giubba
Ela faccia infarina.
La gente paga e rider vuole qua.
E se Arlecchin t'invola Colombina,
ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirŕ!
Tramuta in lazzi
lo spasmo ed il pianto;
in una smorfia il singhiozzo
e'l dolor! Ah!
sul tuo amore infranto.
Ridi del duol che t'avvelena il cor.
To act, with my heart saddened with sorrow.
I know not what I'm saying or what I'm doing.
Yet I must face it.
Courage, my heart!
You are not a man;
you're but a jester!
On with the motley,
the paint and the powder.
The people pay you and want their laugh,
If Harlequin your Columbine has stolen,
laugh, Punchinello! The world will cry 'Bravo!'
Go hide with laughter
your tears and your sorrow,
sing and be merry, playing your part.
for the love that is ended.
Laugh for the sorrow
that is eating your heart.
Caruso lived from February 25, 1873, to August 2, 1921.