from Act I, Scene 3 of the Italian opera I Puritani
by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto: Count Carlo Pepoli
Role: Lord Arturo Talbot
, a Cavalier, in love with Elvira
Voice Part: tenor Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: In the Hall of Arms in the fortress near Plymouth, England, during the English Civil War (1649)
Synopsis: Lord Arturo Talbot enters the Hall with squires bearing presents, including a beautiful white veil, for Elvira Walton, his bride to be. He sings of the impossible love he always had for her.