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Two songs

Word count: 166

Song Cycle by Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909)

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1. The caterpillar [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , "La chenille", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Caterpillar on the wall,
Whither, whither do you crawl?
You know not, yourself, methinks,
Strange and wandering little sphinx!

I will tell you where to go,
Underneath the winter snow
In an old tree's secret hole
You shall hide your little soul.

There, with summer, you shall [sleep]1,
Thence, with summer you shall leap,
Wave your fairy wings on high,
Sip the flowers and kiss the sky.

Emblem worm of many [a]2 thing,
So the [poet's]3 mind can spring
Through the hush of brooding hours,
Kiss the sky and sip the flowers.


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1 Albéniz: "learn"
2 omitted by Albéniz
3 Albéniz: "joyous"

Submitted by Jean-Pierre Granger

2. The Gifts of the Gods [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , "Les cadeaux des dieux", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Once with life and love enarmoured
  We besought the gods above;
"Send us love and life!" we clamoured,
  And they sent us life and love.

Soon they over-filled the measure;
  Soon we prayed them, "Grant us calm!"
But they answered, "Pain is pleasure!1
  "Crush from bitter herbs the balm!

"Forms of beauty [ye]2 may fashion
  "From the anguish of the heart;
"Only by the cross of passion
  "Can ye win the crown of Art."


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1 Albéniz has an end-quote here.
2 Albéniz: "we"

Submitted by Jean-Pierre Granger

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