from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Giovanna d'Arco
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Temistocle Solera
, Giacomo's daughter (Joan of Arc)
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: A garden in the Court of Rheims, France, 1429
Synopsis: Giovanna has commanded the French troops to victory over the English and has accomplished what she set out to do. She is still at the court but she wishes to return to her old life as a shepherdess. She sings longingly of her small cottage, the forest that surrounded it, and her father whom she misses dearly.