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from Part II : The Man of the Cave, Scene III of the Italian opera I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Temistocle Solera

Role: Giselda, daughter of Arvino and Viclinda
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: spinto
Setting: the Harem of Antioch
Synopsis: Giselda is in captivity and she has fallen in love with Oronte, a man who is not only her abductor's son but also is not even Christian. Thus, in the first part of the aria, she prays to her mother's spirit to help her since she should not be loving this non-Christian. After this prayer, screams are heard from outside and the harem runs by her. Sofia is with them and stops just long enough to say that her husband and son have been killed by the Crusaders who have invaded the palace. As she runs out, Arvino and Pagano walk in. Giselda then begins her cabaletta, singing furiously that the crusade will never succeed. She foretells disaster and destruction for the crusaders and finishes by singing "Dio non lo vuole" or "God does not want it (the crusade)".
Range: Tessitura:
D4 - C#/Db6D#/Eb4 - B5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-04-29)
Se vano è il pregare, Giselda's aria from I Lombardi

O madre, dal cielo soccorri al mio pianto,
Soccorri al mio core, che pace ha perduto!
Perchè mi lasciasti? d'affetto non santo
M'aggravan le pene! Deh porgimi ajuto!

Se vano è il pregare,
Che a me tu ritorni,
Pregare mi valga 
D'ascendere a te.
Un cumulo veggo d'orribili giorni,
Qual tetro fantasma, piombare su me!
Ah! pregare mi valga d'ascendere a te.

I vinti sorgono, vendetta orrenda
Sta nelle tenebre d'età vicina!
A niuno sciogliere fia dato l'alma
Nel suol've l'aure prime spirò!
L'empio olocausto d'umana salma
Il Dio degl'uomini sempre sdegnò.

Gioco deventi
Già veggo pendere le vostre chiome;
Veggio di barbari sorger torrenti,
D'Europa stringere le genti dome!
Chè mai non furono di Dio parole
Quelle onde gli uomini sangue versâr!
Ei, sol di pace ei scese a parlar,
Sheet Music/Scores:
Verdi, Giuseppe. Aria Album for Soprano - Vol. 1. Published by Edition Peters. Available at
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