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Lascia Ch'io Pianga Lyrics

Artist: Charlotte Church


Lascia ch'io pianga
mia cruda sorte,
E che sospiri la libertà!
E che sospiri,
e che sospiri la libertà!
Lascia ch'io pianga
mia cruda sorte,
E che sospiri la libertà!

Il duolo infranga
queste ritorte
de miei martiri
sol per pietà,
de miei martiri
sol per pietà.

Lascia ch'io pianga
mia cruda sorte,
E che sospiri la libertà!
E che sospiri,
e che sospiri la libertà!
Lascia ch'io pianga
mia cruda sorte,
E che sospiri la libertà!

Translation

Let me weep over
my cruel fate,
And that I long for freedom!
And that I long,
and that I long for freedom!
Let me weep over
my cruel fate,
And that I long for freedom!

The duel infringes
these images
of my sufferings
I pray for mercy.
for my sufferances.
I pray for mercy.

Let me weep over
my cruel fate,
And that I long for freedom!
And that I long,
and that I long for freedom!
Let me weep over
my cruel fate,
And that I long for freedom!
Comments/Interpretations
by gabriella on 5/25/2008 11:17am
good translation.....
by lysie on 2/4/2009 9:40pm
you do know that this should be attributed to Handel, not Charlotte Church, right?
by Dháithí on 3/30/2010 1:27pm
Handel did write this piece of music. I think it's one of the most beautiful songs he ever wrote. Celtic Woman has a great version of this on their, "A new journey" DVD.
by Hmmmm on 3/13/2011 2:41pm
Libretto/text by Aaron Hill, translated into italian by Giacomo Rossi, set to music by George Frideric Handel
by SummerSing member #13 on 9/7/2011 11:14am
this is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. My SummerSing director, Katie, sang it at our last concert, and it nearly brought me to tears. I've heard Katie sing many times, but this was the one that just simply sent me away...
by Sheilianne on 9/9/2011 9:43am
Unfortunately there is a mistranslation of "duolo". It doesn't mean "duel" (that's duello"). It is a somewhat archaic word for "grief" or "sorrow" from the verb "dolere", to hurt or grieve. Also, the word "ritorte" could be translated as "outcries" in this context (i.e. "my outcries of grief") It is the same as our word "retort", nothing to do with images.
by BrKaT on 11/6/2011 7:23am
@Sheilianne - your translation now makes a lot more sense.
by lunascape on 3/23/2012 6:53am
Actually "retorte" are bonds, or chains, so it is more like:
"May grief break these chains
Of my sufferings, for pity's sake."
by Ryan Holland on 9/25/2012 1:57am
I believe as well that this is one of Handels better works not to say his others weren't but I really do think this expresses his true feeling of being a Court Composer and the feeling of being trapped in this confined world as thee court composer. This in no means that he didn't like it some of the time, but I believe at this time in his life he was truly expressing himself through his music, and it's my personal opinion and correct me if I'm wrong that he wanted to " break his own chains" in order to have that "liberta."
by Hawkholly on 2/15/2013 4:17pm
I'm doing this song for choir and I really love it, but we haven't switched to words yet and we're singing it on solfege. The rest of my class hates this song but I really like how it sounds, so I sang it with these lyrics on here and I can't wait to perform this song for our competition we are going to :D
by Maxim on 4/7/2014 2:53am
What I can't understand is why is it pianga and not piango
Io piango
tu pianghi
lui pianga, no?


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