by Arrigo Enrico Boito (1842 - 1918), as Tobia Gorrio
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Voce di donna o d'angelo
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
La Cieca
liberata da Laura che l'allontana dagli Sgherri
 Voce di donna o d'angelo
 le mie catene ha sciolto;
 mi vietan le mie tenebre
 di quella santa il volto,
 pure da me non partasi
 senza un pietoso don!
 A te questo rosario
 che le preghiere aduna;
 io te lo porgo, accettalo,
 ti porterà fortuna;
 sulla tua testa vigili
 la mia benedizion.


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O voice (of woman or angel?)
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
La Cieca

O voice (of woman or angel?)
that has freed me from my chains;
I’m unable, in my darkness,
to see your holy face,
surely you won't leave me
without a compassionate gift.
To you, I give this rosary
that counts prayers;
I offer it to you, accept it,
it will bring good fortune;
upon your head, 
my benediction will guard you.

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Translator's notes
Line 3 - "darkness" - the singer, La Cieca, is blind
Line 6 - "gift" - a present or blessing; the original Italian shortened from “il dono"
Line 12 - "benediction" - a short invocation for blessing or help from God, said at the end of the religious service or meeting


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