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Serbate, o Dei custodi

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Serbate, o Dei custodi
Della Romana sorte,
In Tito, il giusto, il forte,
L'onor di nostra età.

Voi gl'immortali allori
Su la Cesarea chioma,
Voi custodite a Roma
La sua felicità.

Fu vostro un sì gran dono;
Sia lungo il dono vostro;
L'invidii al mondo nostro
Il mondo che verrà.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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W. Mozart sets stanza 1

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e compagni 1832, page 251.

The text appears in "La Clemenza di Tito", atto I, scena V

Submitted by Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Preserve, o gods", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Gardez, ô Dieux gardiens", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2017-05-02 01:57:35
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Gardez, ô Dieux gardiens

Language: French (Français) after the Italian (Italiano)

Gardez, ô Dieux tutélaires
Du destin de Rome,
En Titus le juste, le puissant,
L'honneur de notre époque.
Les lauriers immortels
Sur le front de César
Veillez pour Rome
Sur son bonheur.
Le vôtre fut un si grand don,
Que votre don dure longtemps,
À notre monde il est envié
Par le monde à venir.

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Text added to the website: 2011-11-06 00:00:00.
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