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Suo padre anch io pugnai

Opera details:

Opera title:

Aida

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Aida Synopsis

Libretto:

Aida Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Amonasro

Voice(s):

Baritone

Act:

2.13a

Previous scene: Che veggo..egli..mio padre
Next scene: Quest assisa chio vesta vi dica

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

AMONASRO
Suo padre. Anch'io pugnai...
Vinti noi fummo, morte invan cercai.
Quest'assisa ch'io vesto vi dica
Che il mio Re, la mia patria ho difeso;
Fu la sorte a nostr'armi nemica,
Tornò vano dei forti l'ardir.

Al mio piè nella polve disteso
Giacque il Re da più colpi trafitto;
Se l'amor della patria è delitto
Siam rei tutti, siam pronti a morir!

volgendosi al Re, con accento supplichevole

Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente,
A costoro ti volgi clemente;
Oggi noi siam percossi dal fato,
Ma doman voi potria il fato colpir.

English Libretto or Translation:

AMONASRO
Her father. I too have fought…
we were conquered; I sought death in vain.
This uniform I wear may tell you
I defended my country and my King;
fate was against our arms,
the courage of the valiant was in vain.

At my feet, stretched in the dust,
lay the King, wounded many times;
if love of country be a crime
all of us are guilty, we are ready to die!

turning to the King, in a supplicating voice

But you, oh King, you, oh mighty lord,
be merciful to these men.
Today we are struck down by fate,
but tomorrow fate may strike at you.