by Nahum Tate (1652 - 1715)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Dido's Lament
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE ITA SPA
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.

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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, 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

Lamento di Didone
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
La tua mano, Belinda, la tenebra mi abbuia,
lascia che sul tuo seno possa trovare riposo.
Di più avrei voluto, ma già morte m'invade:
morte che adesso è l'ospite più atteso.
Quando mi troverò sotto terra a giacere,
che, per gli errori miei, non sia destato
nell'animo tuo, rinnovato dolore.
Di me ricordati ma, ah! Dimentica il mio fato.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-04-24
Line count: 8
Word count: 59