This wrathful day my fury
Descends upon this place,
I wage a bitter war
Against this sacrilegious race.
Their God, he has betrayed them,
While mine died too, how odd.
So bow before me, heathens –
I am not your king, but your God!
Here is the final poem in the Nabucco set – the eponymous king declares himself God due to the failings of the gods of both sides (Non son piu re, son Dio). It is this that leads to his madness, and the usurpation of Abigail. It being nineteenth century opera, he then repents his hubris, converts to Judaism, and suddenly everything’s OK again. Have any of you listened to the opera? Did you like it?
The Hapless Neo-Romantic