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"Toi qui mis la pitié" Lyrics and Translation

Athanael's Aria from Jules Massenet's Opera, Thais


Athanael, an abstinent monk, has a disturbing dream of the beautiful Venusian priestess (and seductress), Thais, dancing erotically for him. After waking, he is determined to convert Thais to Christianity and bring her to salvation. Read the synopsis of Thais to learn the opera's entire story.

French Lyrics
Toi qui mis la pitié dans nos âmes,
Dieu bon, louange à toi!
J'ai compris l'enseignement de l'ombre.
Je me lève et je pars!
Car je veux délivrer cette femme
des liens de la chair!
Dans l'azur je vois penchés vers elle,
les anges désolés!
N'est-elle pas le souffle de ta bouche, Seigneur!
ô Seigneur! Ah!
Plus elle est coupable et plus je dois la plaindre!
Mais je la sauverai! Seigneur!
Donne-la moi, donne-la moi!
Et je te la rendrai pour la vie éternelle!
Frères! frères! levez-vous tous!
Levez-vous tous! venez! venez!
Ma mission m'es révélée!
Dans la ville maudite, il faut que je retourne...
Dieu défend que Thaïs s'enfonce davantage
Dans le gouffre du mal et c'est moi
Qu'il choisit pour la lui ramener!

English Translation
You who have pity on our souls,
Good God, praise to you!
I understood the teaching of this vision.
I get up and go!
Because I want to deliver this woman
from ties of the flesh!
I see the sky looking at her,
the Angels are sorry!
Is it not the breath of thy mouth, O Lord!
O Lord! Ah
She is more and more guilty I must complain!
But I will save her! Lord
Give it to me, give it to me!
And I will bring her to everlasting life!
Brothers! Brothers! Get up everybody!
Get up everybody! Come! Come!
My mission is revealed!
In the cursed town, I must return...
God forbid that Thais sinks further
Into the abyss of evil and it's me
He chose to bring her back!

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