from Act II of the French opera Werther
by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Edouard Blau
, a poet, about 23 years old
Voice Part: tenor Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: in front of a church, Frankfurt, Germany, 1780
Synopsis: Charlotte has told Werther that he must stay away from her until Christmas. Werther is saddened and prays for strength to follow her directive but also tells of the happiness he will feel when he sees her again.