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Dear Silvia

Language: English

Dear Silvia lay aside those airs,
And let me share thy kisses;
Why, after so much toil and pray'rs,
Refuse the tender blisses?

Then let me press those lips so sweet,
And, bee-like, honey rifle!
To me the gain were wond'rous great,
The loss to thee a trifle.

Translation(s): FRE

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chère Sylvia", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2013-03-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:09
Line count: 8
Word count: 48

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Chère Sylvia

Language: French (Français) after the English

Chère Sylvia  laisse de côtés ces airs,
Et laisse-moi partager tes baisers ;
Pourquoi, après tant de labeur et de prières,
Refuser le stendres béatitudes ?

Alors laisse-moi presser ces lèvres si douces,
Et comme l'abeille cueillir le miel !
Pour moi, le gain serait merveilleusement grand,
Pour toi la perte serait peu de chose.

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Based on
  • a text in English by John Walcot (1738 - 1819), as Peter Pindar
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joseph Haydn. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-11-25.
Last modified: 2014-11-25 11:03:37
Line count: 8
Word count: 55