Uploaded on Feb 10, 2008
Verdi's I vespri Siciliani.
O fatherland, dear fatherland,
I behold you again at last!
The exile greets you after long absence.
Filled with love,
I kiss your verdant soil;
I bring to thee the pledge of hand and heart.
O Palermo, country I adore,
smile of the beloved art thou to me!
Ah, lift thy much-abused face,
take on thy former glory!
Seeking help from foreign powers,
I travelled from castle to city,
but, unmoved by my fervour, all replied:
Sicilians, where is your former valour?
Arise, arise to victory and to honour!
O Palermo, etc.
... take on thy former noble glory!