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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Massenet: LE CID
- Band 9

Band 9

Act II: Infanta's Alleluia excerpt : "Plus de tourments" ... Alleluia!"

Nellie Melba (s), L'Infante

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra--

Luigi Mancinelli

January 16, 1901

[Snake: "January 1901"; Glackens 96: "Jan 16, 1901."]

At the beginning of the second scene of Act II, before the royal palace, the Infanta distributes alms to the populace. (A brief fragment from another, unidentified performance of this piece will be found on Side 12 Band 5.)

[original]

INFANTA

Plus de tourments et plus de peine
au jour attendu si longtemps!
Le printemps sans la joie humaine
serait-il encor le printemps? ( distributing alms )
Prenez, c'est Dieu qui vous le donne,
Alleluia!
Dieu jamais ne nous abandonne
quand jamais on ne l'oublia!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Allez en paix, vous que l'on aime,
allez en vous donnant la main!
N'avez-vous pas le bien suprême
que d'autre coeurs cherchent en vain?
L'amour, c'est Dieu qui nous le donne,
Alleluia!
Gardez ce trésor qui rayonne
et que le ciel vous confia!
Alleluia!

INFANTA and CHORUS
Alleluia! etc.

[translation]

INFANTA

No more torments and no more grief
on this long-awaited day!
Spring without human joy--
would it still be spring? ( distributing alms )
Take, it is God who gives you them,
Alleluia!
God will never abandon us
as long as we do not forget Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Go in peace, you who are loved,
go hand in hand!
Have you not the highest good,
which other hearts seek in vain?
Love, it is God who gives it to us,
Alleluia!
Guard this sparkling treasure
that heaven has given you!
Alleluia!

INFANTA and CHORUS
Alleluia! etc.

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