I am trying to understand the libretto of the opera Norma by Felice Romani (music by Vincenzo Bellini).
Norma is the Celtic / Gallic high priestess, who has had a love affair and 2 children with the enemy - a Roman proconsul. This made her not act in the best interest of her people as a religious leader, plus she betrayed her vows of chastity. Both lovers get executed by Gauls at the end of the opera.
Before her death, Norma asks her father to take care of the children. But what exactly does she want him to do? Does she want him to raise the kids himself and protect them from Roman military? Or does she want him to send Clotilde (her servant) to Rome or Roman camp with the children? The words are like this:
"Clotilde ha i figli miei.
Tu li raccogli, e ai barbari
Gl'invola insiem con lei."
I assume, she refers to Romans as Barbarians, although, theoretically, she could mean her own people.
What is the meaning of the quoted sentences, the way a native Italian would understand them?