from Act V (Act IV in the four-act version) of the Italian|French opera Don Carlos
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Joseph Méry
Role: Elisabeth of Valois
, The Queen of Spain
Voice Part: soprano Fach: spinto
Setting: The Monastery of St-Just at night, Madrid, Spain, 1559
Synopsis: While waiting for Carlos to meet her, she asks for strength to see him leave her forever for his own safety. Her thoughts then turn to her beloved France where her love for Carlos began.