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from Scene 4 of the German opera Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner

Role: Erda, the goddess of the earth
Voice Part: contralto       Fach: contralto
Setting: an open spot on a mountaintop, Germany, mythical times
Synopsis: Erda rises from the earth to give a warning to Wotan and the rest of the gods. She cautions that if Wotan continues to have anything to do with the magic all-powerful Ring of the Nibelungs, the gods will be eventually thrown from power.
Range: Tessitura:
C4 - E5A4 - E5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Lyle Neff (added 1999-02-25)
Wie alles war, Erda's aria from Das Rheingold

Wie alles war - weiß ich;
wie alles wird, wie alles sein wird,
seh' ich auch, -
der ew'gen Welt Ur-Wala,
Erda, mahnt deinen Mut. Drei der Töchter,
ur-erschaff'ne, gebar mein Schoß;
was ich sehe, sagen dir nächtlich die Nornen.
Doch höchste Gefahr führt mich heut'
selbst zu dir her.
Höre! Höre! Höre!
Alles was ist, endet.
Ein düst'rer Tag dämmert den Göttern: 
dir rat' ich, meide den Ring! 
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