Giuseppe Verdi : La Luce Langue from Macbeth

October 10, 1813
January 27, 1901
The Artist:
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (October 10, 1813 - January 27, 1901) was one of the great composers of Italian opera. A composer of romantic music, his work was already very popular during his lifetime and remains so today.

La luce langue, il faro spegnesi
Ch’eterno corre per gli ampi cieli !
Notte desiata, provvida veli
La man colpevole che ferirà.
Nuovo delitto!!... E’ necessario !!
Compiersi debbe l’opra fatale.
Ai trapassati regnar non cale ;
A loro un requiem, l’eternità !
O voluttà del soglio !
O scettro, alfin sei mio !
Ogni mortal desio
Tace e s’acqueta in te.
Cadrà fra poco esanime
Chi fu predetto re.


Light is languishing, the beacon that eternally
Moves in the vast heavens is dying away !
O desired night, you providentially veil
The guilty hand which is going to strike the blow.
New crime!!... It’s necessary !!
The fatal deed must be done.
The dead do not care to reign ;
Let them rest in eternal peace !
Oh voluptuous pleasure of the throne !
Oh sceptre, finally you are mine !
Every mortal desire
Is silenced and assuaged by you.
He who was predicted king
Will soon fall lifeless.
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