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Ò vin dissipe la tristesse - No. 10, Chanson bacique
from Act II, Scene 1 of the French opera Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas
Libretto: Jules Barbier

Role: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: Elsinore Castle, Denmark, 16th century
Synopsis: Hamlet meets with a troupe of actors that will perform a play for the court. With them, he sings a drinking song in which he calls for wine and laughter to dispel his sadness.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db3 - G4F3 - F4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Robert Glaubitz (added 1998-04-02)
Ò vin, dissipe la tristesse, Hamlet's aria from Hamlet

Ò vin, dissipe la tristesse	Oh wine, dissipate the sadness
Qui pèse sur mon coeur!		that lies heavy upon my heart!
A moi les rèves de l'ivresse	To me give the dreams of intoxication
Et le rire moqueur!		and the mocking laughter!
O liqueur enchanteresse,	O enchanting liqueur,
Verse l'ivresse			pour drunkeness 
Et l'oubli dans mon coeur!	and forgetfulness into my heart!
Douce liqueur!			Sweet liqueur!
La vie est sombre		Life is somber;
Les ans sont courts;		The years are short.
De nos beaux jours		Of our beautiful days
Dieu sait le nombre		God knows the number.
Chacun hélas!  Porte ici-bas	Each person, alas! carries here
Sa lourde chaîne!		his heavy chain -
Cruels devoirs,			Cruel duties,
Longs désespoirs 		Slow despairs
De l'âme humaine!		Of the human soul!
Loin de nous, noirs présages!	Away from us, black omens!
Ah!				Ah!

Translation by Robert Glaubitz (ariaman@aria-database.com)
Sheet Music/Scores:
none
Recordings:
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