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From Puccini: Turandot

Turandot:
In this palace, thousands of years ago,
a desperate cry rang out.
And that cry, passing down the generations
found refuge here in my soul!
Princess Lou-Ling,
sweet and serene ancestress, you who reigned
in pure joy in your deep silence
and defied, unyielding and confident,
the harsh domination (of men),
today you live again in me!

The crowd:
It was when the King of the Tartars
unfurled his seven banners.

Turandot:
And yet in the time that everyone remembers,
there was dismay and terror and the roar of arms.
The kingdom conquered! The kingdom conquered!
And Lou-Ling, my ancestress, dragged away
by a man like you, like you,
stranger, there in the terrible night
where her young voice was stifled!

The crowd:
For centuries she has slept
in her vast tomb.

Turandot
Oh Princes, who in long caravans
from every part of the world
come here to try your fortune,
I avenge upon you, upon you
that purity, that cry and that death!
that cry and that death!
No man will ever take me!
The horror of who killed her
stays alive in my heart.
No, no! No man will ever take me!
Ah, in me is reborn the pride
of such great purity!
Stranger! Do not tempt fortune!
The riddles are three, death one!

Calaf:
No, no! The riddles are three,
life is one!

Turandot:
No, no! . . .
. . . The riddles are three, death is one!

Calaf:
The riddles are three, life is one!

The crowd:
Offer the foreign prince
the supreme test,
oh Turandot! Turandot!