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What shall I do to shew how much I love...

Language: English

What shall I do to shew how much I love her?
Thoughts that oppress me, O how can I tell?
Will my soft passion be able to move her?
Language is wanting, when loving so well.
Can sighs and tears, in the silence, betoken
Half the distress this fond bosom must know?
Or will she melt when a true heart is broken,
Weeping, too late, o'er her lost lover's woe.

Is there a grace comes not playful before her?
Is there a virtue, and not in her train?
Is there a swain but delights to adore her?
Pains she a heart, but it boasts of her chain?
Could I believe she'd prevent my undoing,
Life's gayest fancies the hope should renew;
Or could I think she'd be pleas'd with my ruin,
Death should persuade her my sorrows are true!

Translation(s): FRE 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)

  • by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "What shall I do to shew how much I love her?", WoO. 152 (25 irische Lieder) no. 6, G. 223 no. 6 (1810/3). [vocal duet with violin, violoncello, and piano] [
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (G. Pertz) , title 1: "Wie soll ich dartun, wie heiß ich sie liebe?"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Que dois-je faire pour montrer que je l'aime ?", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-12-10.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:11
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Que dois‑je faire pour montrer que je l'aime ?

Language: French (Français) after the English

Que dois-je faire pour montrer que je l'aime ?
Pensées qui m'oppressent, oh ! comment puis-je le dire ?
Est-ce que ma douce passion pourra l'émouvoir ?
Le langage fait défaut quand on aime tant,
Dans le silence, les soupirs et les larmes peuvent-ils être les signes
De la moitié de la détresse que ce cœur doit connaître ?
Ou fléchira-t-elle quand un cœur fidèle sera brisé,
Pleurant, trop tard, sur le malheur de son amant perdu.

Y a-t-il une grâce qui ne vienne jouer devant elle ?
Y a-t-il une vertu qui ne soit pas dans sa suite ?
Y a-t-il un amant qui ne prenne plaisir à l'adorer ?
Si elle fait souffrir un cœur, ne se vante-t-il pas de sa chaîne ?
Si je croyais qu'elle empêcherait ma perte,
L'espoir des chimères les plus gaies de la vie renaîtrait ;
Ou si je pensais qu'elle prendrait plaisir à ma ruine,
La mort la persuaderait que mes chagrins sont vrais !

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Text added to the website: 2014-01-14.
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