from Act III, Scene 1 of the French opera Jérusalem
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Alphonse Royer
, the Count's daughter
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: the gardens at the Emir's harem in Ramla, Palestine, 1099
Synopsis: The Christian Crusade led by the Count of Toulouse has reached the Ramlan walls. Hélène has been captured by the Ramlans, though, and after the Emir of Ramla mentions to her that she will be killed if the Christians attempt to enter the city, she prays to God to gain her freedom.