Since it is not by merit

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Rake's Progress

Composer:

Igor Stravinsky

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Rake's Progress Synopsis

Libretto:

The Rake's Progress Libretto

Translation(s):

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Tom Rakewell

Voice(s):

Tenor

Act:

1.03b

Previous scene: Here I stand
Next scene: Tom Rakewell?

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Aria

Since it is not by merit
we rise or we fall,
but the favour of Fortune
that governs us all,
why should I labour
for what in the end
she will give me for nothing
if she be my friend?
While if she be not,
why, the wealth I might gain
for a time by my toil
would at last be in vain.
Till I die then, of fever,
or by lightning am struck,
let me live by my wits
and trust to my luck.
My life lies before me,
the world is so wide:
come, wishes, be horses
this beggar shall ride.

(Spoken)

I wish I had money!

(Nick appears behind fence)

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