sacre antiche piante

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Senior Member
Portuguese, Portugal
What does it mean in aria Casta Diva from Opera Norma:

Casta Diva, Cche inargenti Queste sacre antiche piante,Al noi volgi il bel sembiante,Senza nube e senza vel! Thanks
  • Aiuola

    Italy Italian
    It could be (maybe) something like this:

    Casta Diva,
    che inargenti queste sacrea antiche piante
    a noi volgi il bel sembiante
    senza nube e senza veli

    Casta Diva,
    you cast a silver sheen on these sacred ancient plants,
    turn to us your beautiful appearance
    without clouds and without veils.

    Hope it helps!


    Senior Member
    Italian & British English (bilingual)
    Sorry,I don't think piante means plants.
    I know all other verses

    Why do you think it is unlikely? :)

    I'm not familiar with this opera, could you please describe the context (situation) in which this aria is sung?



    Senior Member
    English (Canadian)
    Here's another variation:

    O chaste goddess, who bathes in silver light
    These ancient, hallowed trees,
    Turn thy fair face upon us,
    Unveiled and unclouded...


    Senior Member
    Italian & British English (bilingual)
    I did a little research and found out this aria is from the first act, set in a grove of trees.

    I think "piante" can only possibly refer to the trees in the grove, in this context. None of the other meanings of the Italian word "pianta" would suit this context, I'm afraid (the other meanings being "foot sole" and "map").



    Senior Member
    Italian - Italy
    That's "plants".

    According to this site, Norma is pronouncing a prayer towards the moon (luna, see inargentare #2 on De Mauro) after having cut the mistletoe (the plants).

    I think she is talking with the Moon and says that it shines upon them (has a good looking, see sembiante too) in the sky that is clear, without clouds.