by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio
Translation © by Thomas Dawkins

Ahimè, qual forza ignota
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Recitativo
Ahimè, [qual forza ignota
Anima quelle voci!]1 Io tremo, io sento
Tutto inondarmi il seno
Di gelido sudor... Fuggasi... Ah quale...
Qual' è la via! Chi me l'addita? Oh Dio,
Che ascoltai! Che m'avvenne! Ove son io!

Aria
Ah l'aria d'intorno
Lampeggia, sfavilla,
Ondeggia, vacilla
L'infido terren!

Qual notte profonda
D'orror mi circonda!
Che larve funeste,
Che smanie son queste!
Che fiero spavento
Mi sento nel sen!

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Confirmed with Tutte le opere di Pietro Metastasio, Firenze, Tipografia Borghi e compagni 1832, page 540.

The text appears in Gioas Re di Giuda, parte II, Aria di Atalia.

1 omitted by Schubert

Authorship

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

  • by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Il traditor deluso (Der getäuschte Verräter)", op. 83 (Drei Lieder von Metastasio) no. 2, D 902 no. 2 (1827), published 1827 [ bass, piano ], Tobias Haslinger, VN 5062, Wien [sung text checked 1 time]

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas Dawkins) , "The deluded traitor", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (David Le Marrec) , "Hélas ! Je tremble, je sens", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "Der getäuschte Verräther"


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-08-28 21:47:53
Line count: 18
Word count: 68

The deluded traitor
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Recitative
 Woe is me, I tremble!
 All over, I feel waves
 Of freezing sweat in my breast!
 Flee from here! But where?
 What is the way?
 Where do I turn?
 O God! What do I hear?
 What comes here?
 O God! What do I hear?
 Where am I?
 
Aria 
 Ah, around me the air flames and sparks;
 The faithless earth trembles and undulates!
 What dark night
 Of horror surrounds me!
 What mournful ghosts,
 What frenzy this is!
 What fierce fright
 I feel inside!

Authorship

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-08-28 21:48:34
Line count: 20
Word count: 83