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The young May moon is beaming; love

Language: English

The young May moon is beaming; love,
The glow-worm's lamp is gleaming, love,
        How sweet to rove
        Through Morna's grove,
When the drowsy world is dreaming, love!
Then awake! The heavens look bright, my dear,
'Tis never too late for delight, [my dear,]1
        And best of all ways
        To lengthen [our]2 days
Is to steal a few hours from the night, my [dear!]3

Now all the world is sleeping, love.
But the Sage, his star-watch keeping, love,
    And I, whose star,
    More glorious far,
Is the eye from that casement peeping, love.
Then awake !—till rise of sun, my dear,
The Sage's glass we'll shun, my dear.
    Or, in watching the flight
    Of bodies of light,
He might happen to take thee for one, my dear.

Translation(s): FRE FRE GER GER

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C. Ives sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Thomas Moore, A New Edition from the last London Edition, Boston: Lee and Shepard; New York: Lee, Shepard, & Dillingham, 1876.

1 Omitted by Ives
2 Omitted by Ives
3 Ives: "my dear,/ When the drowsy world is dreaming, love!]

Submitted by Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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 French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist GER GER by Émile Paladilhe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG FRE FRE by Ignaz Brüll.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La jeune lune de mai", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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La jeune lune de mai

Language: French (Français) after the English

La jeune lune de mai rayonne ; amour,
La lampe du ver luisant brille,
Comme il est doux d'errer
Dans le bosquet de Morna
Quand le monde endormi rêve,amour !
Veille donc ! Le ciel semble clair, ma chère,
Il n'est jamais trop tard pour le plaisir, [ma chère,]1
Et le meilleur moyen
De prolonger [nos]2 jours
Est de voler quelques heures à la nuit, ma [chère !]3

Maintenant le monde entier dort, amour.
Sauf le Sage observant les étoiles, amour,
Et moi, dont l'étoile,
Bien plus splendide.
Est l'œil qui observe depuis cette fenêtre, amour.
Veille donc ! Jusqu'au lever du soleil, ma chère,
Fuyons la lunette du Sage, ma chère.
Ou, observant le vol
Des corps lumineux,
Il pourrait te prendre pour l'un d'eux, ma chère.

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1 omitted by Ives.
2 Ives : “les”
3 Ives : “chère,/ Quand le monde endormi rêve,amour !"


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