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from Act I of the Czech opera Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak
Libretto: S.J. Kvapil

Role: Rusalka, daughter of the Spirit of the Lake
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: A clearing on the shore of the lake, medieval times
Synopsis: Rusalka has fallen in love with a Prince. Unfortunately, Rusalka is a water sprite and cannot come out of the water or communicate with him. She asks the moon to tell her love that she is thinking of him.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Jules Brunelle (added 1998-04-02)
Pisen Rusalky O Mesiku (Song of the Moon), Rusalka's aria from Rusalka

Mesiku na nebi hlubokem			O moon high up in the deep, deep sky,
Svetlo tvé daleko vidi,			Your light sees far away regions,
Po svete bloudis sirokém,		You travel round the wide,
Divas se v pribytky lidi.		Wide world peering into human dwellings

Mesicku, postuj chvili			O, moon, stand still for a moment,
reckni mi, kde je muj mily		Tell me, ah, tell me where is my lover!
Rekni mu, stribmy mesicku,		Tell him. please, silvery moon in the sky,
me ze jej objima rame,			That I am hugging him firmly,
aby si alespon chvilicku		That he should for at least a while
vzpomenul ve sneni na mne.		Remember his dreams!
Zasvet mu do daleka,			Light up his far away place,
rekni mu, rekni m kdo tu nan ceka!	Tell him, ah, tell him who is here waiting!
O mneli duse lidska sni,		If he is dreaming about me,
at'se tou vzpominkou  vzbudi!		May this remembrance waken him!
Mesicku, nezhasni, nezhasni!		O, moon, don't disappear, disappear!

Translation by Jules Brunelle (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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