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from Act III of the Italian opera Lucio Silla by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Giovanni de Gamerra

Role: Lucius Cinna, Roman patrician, friend of Cecililus and secret enemy of Sulla
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: the dungeon
Synopsis: Although Cecilius doubts him, Cinna is positive that Sulla will not execute Cecilius because of the backlash that Sulla would receive. His aria states that tyrants are frightened by the idea of being in chains and being executed. Only a person that is innocent can go to death without fear.
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Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
De' più superbi il core, Cinna's aria from Lucio Silla

De' più superbi il core		(When angry Jove shoots forth his lightnings,
Se Giove irato fulmina,		Cold fear grips
Freddo spavento ingombra,	The hearts of the rash,)
Ma d'un alloro all'ombra	But in the laurel's shade
Nan palpita il pastor.		No fear plagues the shepherd.
Paventino i tiranni		Tyrants do well to fear
Le stragi, e le ritorte,	Devastation and chains,
Sol rida in faccia a morte	In face of death only he can smile
Chi ha senza colpe il cor.	Who is innocent of heart.

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (camila@infonet.com.br)
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