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Lyrics to Ave Maria Otello

Lyrics to “Ave Maria” (Desdemona’s aria from Otello) Ave Maria (Desdemona’s aria from Otello)

Ave Maria, piena di grazia, eletta
Hail Mary, full of grace, chosen
Fra le spose e le vergini sei tu,
among wives and maidens art thou,
Sia benedetto il frutto, o benedetta,
blessed be the fruit, o blessed one,
Di tue materne viscere, Gesù.
of thy womb, Jesus.

Prega per chi adorando a te si prostra,
Pray for the one who kneels in prayer before you,
Prega nel peccator, per l'innocente,
pray for the sinner, for the one who is innocent,
E pel debole oppresso e pel possente,
and for the weak and oppressed, and for the mighty,
Misero anch'esso, tua pietà dimostra.
also wretched, show thy mercy.

Prega per chi sotto l'oltraggio piega
Pray for the one who bows his head
La fronte e sotto la malvagia sorte;
under injustice and under misfortune;
Per noi, per noi tu prega, prega
for us, pray thou for us, pray
Sempre e nell'ora della morte nostra,
ever and in the hour of our death,
Prega per noi, prega per noi, prega.
pray for us, pray for us, pray.

Ave Maria . . .
Hail Mary . . .
Nell'ora della morte.
in the hour of our death.
Ave!. . .Amen!
Hail! . . . Amen!


Music by Giuseppe Verdi (1887)
Lyrics by the Angel Gabriel, Luke the Evangelist, Girolamo Savonarola, and Arrigo Boito