A final farewell to you,
The cold tomb of my angel!
You are not worthy to protect her!
Oh damn! Oh vile seducer!
And you, Virgin Mary, did you stand by,
While her virginal crown was taken?
Ah! What am I saying? Lunatic!
Ah, forgive me!
The wounded spirit of a sad parent
Was kept in the agony of shame and grief.
Give her, o heaven, a martyr’s garland.
Yield her to the splendour of the angels,
Pray for me, Mary.
Nicolai Ghiaurov sings the famous bass aria from Verdi's Simon Boccanegra.