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from Act IV, Scene 3 of the French opera Faust by Charles-François Gounod
Libretto: Jules Barbier

Role: Valentin, Marguerite's brother
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: A square in front of a cathedral in a German city, 16th century
Synopsis: Upon returning home from the wars, Valentin has discovered that Marguerite has slept with Faust and is now bearing his child. When the two meet, Valentin challenges Faust to a duel and is mortally wounded. With his dying words, Valentin curses Marguerite for her promiscuity, saying that if God may forgive her in the end, may she remain cursed on Earth.
Range: Tessitura:
C3 - F4E3 - E4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Sam Cotten (added 2011-06-19)
Écoute-moi bien, Marguerite!, Valentin's aria from Faust

Écoute-moi bien, Marguerite!
Ce qui doit arriver,
Arrive à l'heure dite!
La mort nous frappe quand il faut,
Et chacun obéit aux volontés d'en haut!
Toi!...  te voilà dans la mauvaise voie,
Tes blanches mains ne travailleront plus!
Tu renieras, pour vivre dans la joie,
Tous les devoirs et toutes les vertus!
Va!  La honte t'accable!
Le remords suit tes pas!
Mais enfin l'eure sonne!
Meurs!  et si Dieu te pardonne,
Soit maudite ici-bas!
Marguerite, soit Maudite!
La mort t'attend sur ton grabat!
Moi... je meurs de ta main...
Et je tombe en soldat...

Libretto entered by Sam Cotten
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