Lascia Ch'Io Pianga - Handel

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    Lascia ch'io pianga

    Almirena's aria from the opera RinaldoText by Giacomo Rossi and Aaron Hill after Torquato Tasso's (1544-1595) Gerusalemme liberataSet by George F. Handel (1685-1759)

    Recitative 1

    Armida dispietata! Colla forza d'abisso

    Armida crule! With-a force of-hell

    rapimmi al caro ciel di miei contenti,

    capture-me from-the dear heaven of my happiness,

    e qui con duolo eterno viva mi tieni

    and here in sadness eternal alive me holds

    in tormentoso inferno.

    in tormenting hell.

    Signor! Ah! per piet lasciami piangere.

    Lord! Ah! out-of pity let-me cry.

    AriaLascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte,

    Allow that-I weep-over my cruel fate,

    e che sospiri la libert.

    and that I-may-sigh-for [the] freedom.

    Il duolo infranga queste ritorte de' miei martiri,

    (Let-my) sadness shatter these chains of my suffering,

    sol per piet.

    (if)-only out-of pity.

    (Literal translation and IPA transcription by Bard SuverkropIPA Source, LLC)

    1 Almirena's recitative to this aria is taken from a larger dialog with Artante.