from Act III of the French opera Lakmé
by Leo Delibes
Libretto: Edmond Gondinet
, daughter of Nilakantha, a divine priestess
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: A garden surrounding a secret temple in India
Synopsis: Without Gerald knowing, Lakmé bites into a poisonous datura leaf because Gerald is leaving her. Before she shows any signs of the poison, though, she tells him that she has learned much from him and offers the sacred cup to him to join them together eternally.