Giuseppe Verdi

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Back to our Mountains
Translated by T.T. Barker

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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Yes, heavy woes and fatigue oppress me,
Closing my eyes, I to sleep address me;
But should that dark pile rise up before thee,
With flames ascending, wake me again.
Repose, oh, mother; may Heav'n watching o'er thee,
Send thee bright visions, soothing thy pain.
Back to our mountains, Our steps retracing,
There, peace and quiet once more embracing,
Songs thou wilt sing me, with lute attending,
Sweet dreams shall visit our sleep as of yore.
Repose, oh! mother, silently bending O'er thee,
my spirit heav'nward shall soar.
LOv'd songs thou'lt sing me, thy soft lute aid lending.
Sweet dreams shall visit our sleep as of yore.
Lov'd songs thou'lt sing me, thy soft lute aid lending,
Sweet dreams shall visit our sleep as of yore.

Si; la stanchezza m'opprime, o figlio
alla qui e te io chiudo il ciglio
Ma, se del rogo arde si veda
L'or rida fiamma, de stami allor.
Riposa, o madre; Id di-o conce da
men tri sti im magi ni al tuo cor.
Ai nostri monti, ritorne remo
I'an ti ca pace ivi godre mo!
Tu cante rai sul tuo liuto,
in sonno placido io dormiro.



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