from Act II of the French|Italian opera Les Vêpres Siciliennes (I Vespri Siciliani)
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Eugène Scribe
Voice Part: bass Fach: lyric bass
Setting: A valley near Palermo, 1282
Synopsis: Procida is returning to Sicily after an absence to attempt to gather help to free Sicily from the oppression of the French. He sings of his love for his country and how he went from place to place trying to get help although everyone said that they would only give help if the Sicilians revolted against the French.