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La maja dolorosa No. 1

Language: Spanish (Español)

¡Oh muerte cruel!
¿Por qué tú, a traición,
mi majo arrebataste a mi pasión?
¡No quiero vivir sin él,
porque es morir, porque es morir
así vivir!

No es posible ya
sentir más dolor:
en lágrimas deshecha ya mi alma está.
¡Oh Dios, torna mi amor,
porque es morir, porque es morir
así vivir!

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "The sorrowful woman no. 1", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La femme affligée no. 1", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "La maja addolorata", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The sorrowful woman no. 1

Language: English after the Spanish (Español)

Oh, cruel Death!
Why have you, pitilessly,
Stolen my love away from me?
I don’t want to live without him,
Because it is death, it is death
To live this way!

It is impossible
To feel more pain:
My spirit is dissolved in tears.
Oh, God, return my love
Because it is death, it is death
To live this way!

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