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Come, O come, my life's delight!

Language: English

Come, O come, my life's delight!
  Let me not in languor pine:
Love loves no delay, thy sight
  The more enjoyed, the more divine.
O come, and take from me
The pain of being deprived of thee.

Thou all sweetness dost enclose,
  Like a little world of bliss:
Beauty guards thy looks: the rose
  In them pure and eternal is.
Come then! and make thy flight
As swift to me as heavenly light!

Translation(s): FRE

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Viens, oh viens, délice de ma vie", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:23
Line count: 12
Word count: 73

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Viens, oh viens, délice de ma vie

Language: French (Français) after the English

Viens, oh viens, délice de ma vie !
  Ne me laisse pas dépérir dans la langueur :
L'amour n'aime aucun retard, ta vue
  La plus appréciée, la plus divine.
Oh viens, et prends-moi
La douleur d'être privée de toi.

Tu renfermes toute la douceur,
  Comme un petit monde de bonheur :
La beauté garde tes regards : la rose
  En eux est pure et éternelle.
Viens alors ! et rends ton vol
Aussi doux pour moi que la lumière céleste !

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Based on
  • a text in English by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620), first published 1617
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Thomas Campion, Rebecca Clarke, Ivor Gurney, Brian Holmes, William Martin Yeates Hurlstone, Roger Quilter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-08-29.
Last modified: 2015-08-31 13:10:07
Line count: 12
Word count: 81