from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Giulio Cesare
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Nicola Haym
, widow of Pompey, mother of Sesto
Voice Part: contralto|mezzo-soprano Fach: contralto
Setting: the bridge over the Nile entering Alexandria, Egypt, 48 B.C.
Synopsis: Cornelia's husband, Pompey, has been killed by the Egyptians to show their loyalty to Caesar. After unsuccessfully attempting suicide, she sings of her unhappiness and her loneliness.