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Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus

Language: Latin

Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus,
rumoresque senum severiorum
omnes unius aestimemus assis!
Soles occidere et redire possunt;
nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux,
nox est perpetua una dormienda.
Da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
[dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,]1
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
Dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
aut ne quis malus invidere possit,
cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE SPA

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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)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown [an adaptation] FRE SPA by Henry Purcell.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Dominick Argento (b. 1927) , title unknown [an adaptation] FRE SPA by Dominick Argento.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Jean-Antoine de Baïf (1532 - 1589) , no title [an adaptation] ENG SPA by Reynaldo Hahn.

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

  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-10-19.
Last modified: 2015-10-07 19:26:19
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Vivamos, Lesbia mía, y amémonos

Language: Spanish (Español) after the Latin

Vivamos, Lesbia mía, y amémonos, 
y lo que dicen los viejos ceñudos
nada nos importe.
Los soles pueden ponerse y salir:
pero nosotros, una vez extinguida la débil luz,
deberemos dormir una perpetua noche. 
Dame mil besos, luego ciento, 
luego otros mil, luego ciento.
Y cuando llevemos muchos miles,
confundámoslos todos, hasta no saber
y que ningún malvado pueda envidiarnos 
al saber cuántos besos han sido.

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  • Translation from Latin to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2015 by Saúl Botero Restrepo, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2015-10-08.
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