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Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me; On thy bosom let me rest. More I would, but death invades me: Death is now a welcome guest. When I am laid in earth, May my wrongs create No trouble in thy breast. Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
- by Nahum Tate (1652 - 1715) [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 Henry Purcell (1658/9 - 1695), "Dido's Lament", Z. 626 no. 37, from the opera [selections] Dido and Aeneas, no. 37. [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- SPA Spanish (Español) (Pilar Lirio) , title 1: "Lamento de Dido", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Lamentation de Didon", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Lamento di Didone", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Robert Garrigós) , title 1: "Lament de Dido", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 47
Tu mano, Belinda, la oscuridad me envuelve. En tu seno déjame descansar, más de lo que quisiera, pero la muerte me invade. La muerte es ahora un bienvenido huésped. Cuando repose sobre la tierra, que mis errores no creen problemas en tu pecho. Recuérdame pero, ¡ay!, olvida mi sino.
- Translation from English to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2004 by Pilar Lirio, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.
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This text was added to the website: 2004-07-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 50