At the time it was written and published this work, Milan was a land dominated by the Austrians and the free Italian freemasonery had already started on revolutionary politics for years, leading to the liberation of Italy to found an independent Italian state.
'It is thought' independence and was immediately associated with this wonderful choir, soft music, triumphant and poignant, a crescendo of a people who had to stand up and fight for their pride, their freedom and independence, became in those years a hymn to the revolution.
'It is thought' also decreed the success of Giuseppe Verdi, the very Italian from there, along with his works became one of the most important musicians of all time for Italian music.
The following 'Va pensiero' with lyrics in Italian and English languages:
Fly, thought, on wings of gold;
go settle upon the slopes and the hills,
where, soft and mild, the sweet airs
of our native land smell fragrant!
Greet the banks of the Jordan
and Zion's toppled towers...
Oh, my country so beautiful and lost!
Oh, remembrance so dear and so fatal!
Golden harp of the prophetic seers,
why dost thou hang mute upon the willow?
Rekindle our bosom's memories,
and speak to us of times gone by!
Mindful of the fate of Jerusalem,
give forth a sound of crude lamentation,
or may the Lord inspire you a harmony of voices
which may instill virtue to suffering.