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Ai greci questa spada sovra i nemici estinti apra d'onor la strada, e Troia perirà. Il fato di quel regno sol pende dal mio sdegno; per me «Qui fu già Troia» il pellegrin dirà.
- by Paolo Antonio Rolli (1687 - 1765) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759), "Ai greci questa spada", HWV 42 (1741), first performed 1741, from the opera Deidamia, no. 29. [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Let my sword now open for the Greeks", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2018-05-10
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Let my sword now open for the Greeks atop piles of enemy corpses the route of honor: Troy is doomed. That kingdom's fate hangs in the balance; my wrath suffices to tip it. Travellers shall henceforth say, "That was once Troy."
- Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2018 by Andrew Schneider, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2018-05-11
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Word count: 41