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Ouf pazienza non v'ha che basti!

Opera details:

Opera title:

La Forza del destino

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

La Forza del destino Synopsis

Libretto:

La Forza del destino Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Padre Guardiano / Fra Melitone

Voice(s):

Bass / Baritone

Act:

4.01b

Previous scene: Fate la carita e un ora
Next scene: Del mondo i disinganni

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

SCENA III

Il Padre Guardiano e Fra' Melitone

MELITONE
Auf! Pazienza non v'ha che basti!

GUARDIANO
Troppa dal Signor non ne aveste.
Facendo carità un dover s'adempie
da render fiero un angiol …

MELITONE
Che al mio posto
in tre dì finirebbe
col minestrar de' schiaffi.

GUARDIANO
Tacete; umil sia Meliton,
né soffra se veda preferirsi Raffaele.

MELITONE
Io? No … amico gli son, ma ha certi gesti …
Parla da sé … ha cert'occhi.

GUARDIANO
Son le preci, il digiuno.

MELITONE
Ier nell'orto lavorava cotanto stralunato, che
scherzando dissi: Padre, un mulatto parmi …
Guardommi bieco, strinse le pugna, e …

GUARDIANO
Ebbene?

MELITONE
Quando cadde
sul campanil la folgore, ed usciva
fra la tempesta, gli gridai: mi sembra
Indian selvaggio … un urlo
cacciò che mi gelava.

GUARDIANO
Che v'ha a ridir?

MELITONE
Nulla, ma il guardo e penso,
narraste, che il demonio
qui stette un tempo in abito da frate …
Gli fosse il padre Raffael parente?

GUARDIANO
Giudizi temerari … il ver narrai … ma n'ebbe il
Superior rivelazione allora … Io, no.

MELITONE
Ciò è vero! Ma strano è molto il padre! La ragione?

English Libretto or Translation:

Scena and Duet

MELITONE
mopping the sweat from his brow with a white handkerchief tucked up a sleeve
Ouf! One couldn't have enough patience for this.

THE SUPERIOR
The Lord
didn't give you too much of it.
To give charity is to fulfil a duty
that would make any angel proud …

MELITONE
taking snuff
Who, after three days
in my job, would end
by ladling out blows …

THE SUPERIOR
Hush! Melitone must be humble and not
irritated to see Raphael preferred to him.

MELITONE
Me? No. I'm his friend, but he has certain ways …
he talks to himself … he has a certain look …

THE SUPERIOR
It's the prayers
and the fasting.

MELITONE
Yesterday in the kitchen garden he was working
so furiously that in jest I said,
"Father, you're working
like a black". He glared at me,
and clenched his fists, and …

THE SUPERIOR
Well?

MELITONE
When lightning
struck the belfry, and he went out
into the storm, I called after him,
"You're like a wild Indian!" He let out
a howl that froze my blood.

THE SUPERIOR
What's worth repeating in that?

MELITONE
Nothing, but I look at him and think;
you told us that the devil
once stayed here in monk's clothing.
Could Father Raphael be a relative of his?

THE SUPERIOR
Rash judgments; I spoke the truth,
but it was revealed to the Father Superior
then … not to me.

MELITONE
That's true,
but the father's very odd. Why is it?