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from Act III, Scene 1 of the French opera Guillaume Tell by Gioacchino Rossini
Libretto: Étienne de Jouy

Role: Mathilde, an Austrian Princess in the house of Hapsburg
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric coloratura|dramatic coloratura
Setting: the interior of a ruined chapel on the grounds of the Governor's palace at Altdorf, Switzerland, thirteenth century
Synopsis: Arnold has informed Mathilde that he must leave her in order to avenge her father's death and support the cause of the Swiss resistance to the Austrian rule. Mathilde is devastated and believes that all her happy moments with Arnold are now over. Although her sense of reason understands his reasons, her heart wishes that Arnold could forget his dangerous pursuit of revenge and instead stay with her. Finally though, she gives him her entire support and tells him that, although she cannot be there with him in person, she will be with him in his heart.
Range: Tessitura:
B3 - B5G4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by OperaGlass (added 2000-09-17)
Pour notre amour, Mathilde's aria from Guillaume Tell

Pour notre amour plus d'espérance; 
Quand ma vie à peine commence, 
Pour toujours je perds le bonheur. 

Oui, Melcthal, d'un barbare 
Le crime nous sépare; 
Ma raison, qui s'égare, 
Implore un Dieu vengeur. 

Du sort bravant la servitude, 
En vain je t'ai donné ma foi; 
Dans ma cour quelle solitude! 
Tu ne seras plus près de moi. 

Enfin, pour comble de misère, 
Un crime te prive d'un père, 
Et je ne puis le pleurer avec toi. 

Destin, malgré ta rage, 
Toujours ce triste c¦ur 
Conservera l'image 
De mon libérateur.

Sur la rive étrangère, 
Si je ne puis à ta misère 
Offrir mes soins consolateurs, 
Mon âme te suit tout entière; 
Elle est fidèle à tes malheurs.
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