from Act III of the French opera Faust
by Charles-François Gounod
Libretto: Jules Barbier
, a young woman
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: The garden of Marguerite in a German city, 16th century
Synopsis: Marguerite has found a casket of jewels at her door. She has never had jewels of any sort and she tries them on and looks at herself in the mirror. She imagines that others do not recognize her and believe that she is actually a princess. She also thinks of Faust and sings that if he could see her now, he would find her truly beautiful.