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Language: Swedish (Svenska)

Jag blickar på tärnornas skara,
Jag spanar och spanar beständigt;
Den skönaste ville jag välja,
Och sviktar dock ständigt i valet.
Den ena har klarare ögon,
Den andra har friskare kinder,
Den tredje har fullare läppar,
Den fjärde har varmare hjärta.
Så finn ej en enda, som saknar
Ett något, som fängslar mitt sinne.
Jag kann ej en enda förskjuta;
O, finge jag kyssa dem alla.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ture Rangström (1884 - 1947) , "Die Schönen" FRE by Ture Rangström.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Charme", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Anmut", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-03-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:08
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

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Language: French (Français) after the Swedish (Svenska)

Je regarde la foule des jouvencelles,
J'épie et j'épie, bien déterminé,
Je veux choisir la plus belle,
Et pourtant  j'hésite toujours à choisir.
L'une a les yeux  les plus clairs,
L'autre a les joues les plus fraîches,
La troisième a les lèvres les plus pleines,
La quatrième a le cœur le plus chaud.
Alors je n'en trouve pas une seule qui n'ait
Quelque chose qui captive tous mes sens.
Je ne peux en rejeter une seule ;
Ô, je voudrais les embrasser toutes.

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Text added to the website: 2013-12-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:25
Line count: 12
Word count: 83