SAINT-SAENS : Samson et Dalila Act III Paris 2016

SAINT-SAENS : Samson et Dalila Act III Paris 2016


See my misery! See my distress! Lord, take pity! Take pity on my weakness! I strayed from your path. How quickly you withdrew your hand. Lord, I offer you my broken spirit. I am nothing but an object of ridicule. They have robbed me of heaven’s light, and poured bitterness and gall upon me. Samson, what have you done to your brothers? And to the God of your forefathers? Alas! Israel lies in chains, and enduring heaven’s vengeance, it has lost all hope because of the wrongs it has suffered. May our tribes find grace in your eyes. Spare your people their suffering. Take pity on their plight, Lord, you whose mercy never tires. God entrusted us to your strength to lead us into battle. Samson, what have you done to your brothers? What have you done to the God of your forefathers? Brothers, your song of lamentation penetrates my dark night, and mortal anguish floods my guilty, wretched heart. Lord God, take my life in sacrifice to satisfy your wrath.He sold us for a woman’s sake.Turn your blows… …away from Israel…To pay for Dalila’s charms.And I proclaim your justice!Son of Manoah, what have you done with our bloodand our tears?At your feet, broken but penitent, I bless the hand that strikes me. Lord, let your people escape the fury of their enemies! What have you done to the God of your forefathers? Dawn rises over the hills, and puts out the torches of this beautiful night. Let us continue feasting and pursue love in spite of the dawn. Love makes our hearts forget our woes. The morning breeze chases the shadows of night towards the horizon like a delicate veil. The eastern sky reddens
as the sun rises over the mountains, flooding the countryside with light. Hail! Hail to the judge of Israel whose presence enlivens our feast! Dalila! Prepare the cup of welcome! Pour a cup of nectar for your lover! So he may drink to his mistress, and to her powers of seduction! Samson, we’ll drink with you! A toast to Dalila your queen! Drink up and fear not.
Wine chases away all sorrow. With my heart sick unto death, Lord, I bow before you. By your divine will, let my fate be accomplished. Let me take your hand, and show you the way, as I did along the dark path
leading to the valley, the day you followed me and held me in your arms. You climbed the mountains to come to me. I left my companions to be alone with you. Remember our rapture! Remember my caresses! Under the cloak of love, I stole your secret to satisfy my vengeance. I had sold it in advance! You believed in that love. And it has forged your chains. Today Dalila has avenged her god. Her people and her hatred! Today Dalila has avenged her god, her people and her hatred! When you spoke, I remained deaf. And in my anxious soul, alas, I defiled love by giving it to this woman. Amuse us, Samson, by repeating to your lover the tender words and songs
that lend their fire to passion. Let merciful Jehovah restore your sight! I shall serve this mighty god
if he can answer your prayer. But if this god you name father
is powerless to help you, I shall scorn him and laugh at his wrath. God of Israel, will you allow
this false priest to insult you, in his fury and rage in the face of heaven! If only I could avenge your glory and by a sudden miracle, recover for one moment my eyes, my strength and victory. How we jeer at his rage!
You cannot make us fear! Samson, in your powerless rage,
you see nothing. Mind your step! His anger pleases us! Dalila! Give thanks to our gods who make Jehovah tremble in the skies. Let us consult the oracles of great Dagon. And pour the sacrificial wine in his name. Glory to Dagon, the conqueror! He helped you in your weakness, instilling strength and cunning in your heart. You the greatest god of all, you who made the earth, may your spirit be with us, master of gods and men. Bless our abundant flocks
and ripen the vines on our hillsides. Restore to our fields the harvest
which Samson burned in hatred. Let the altars flow with our victims’ blood, to atone for their crimes. Glory to Dagon! Reveal to your priests,
who alone may look upon your face, the future that lies hidden
from the sight of other men. God, look favourably on our destiny.
Make the Philistines, glorious in combat! Let victory follow in our steps! Dagon appears! The flame rises, reborn from the ashes on the altar. Dagon appears! The flame rises… Our god comes down to see us! Our god’s presence displays his power. Our god’s presence
displays his power in this place. To make the omens favourable,
Samson, come with us, and, on bended knee, offer your cup
to Dagon, the mighty god. Lead him to the middle of the temple so that the people may see him. Lord, inspire me, do not abandon me. Lead me to the marble pillars, child. Dagon appears! The flame rises, reborn from the ashes on the altar. Our god’s presence
displays his power in this place. God, look favourably on our destiny! Make the Philistines glorious in combat! Let victory follows in our steps! Israel’s insolence vanishes before your might. Our armies guided by your spirit, have prevailed over this cursed people, who defy your anger and might. Lord God, look favourably on our destiny.
Make the Philistines glorious in combat! Let victory follow in our steps! Glory to Dagon! Remember your servant, whom they have deprived of light. Lord, for an instant give me back my strength. Let me avenge myself and you, by destroying them in this place!

2 Replies to “SAINT-SAENS : Samson et Dalila Act III Paris 2016”

  1. Ridiculously vulgar production. Dunno why they don't just do a new contemporary piece instead destroy the old. Terrible singing and appalling production.

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