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Sweetheart, do not love too long

Language: English

[Sweetheart, do]1 not love too long:
I loved long and long, 
And grew to be out of fashion
Like an old song. 

All through the years of our youth
Neither could have known 
Their own thought from the other's,
We were so much at one. 

But O, in a minute [she]2 changed --
O do not love too long, 
Or [you will]3 grow out of fashion
Like an old song.


Translation(s): FRE

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Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 86.

1 Wilkinson: "O do"
2 Rorem: "he"
3 Wilkinson: "you'll"

Submitted by John Versmoren

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Oh, n'aime pas trop longtemps", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2016-01-04T19:00:09
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Oh, n'aime pas trop longtemps

Language: French (Français) after the English

[Mon amour]1, n'aime pas trop longtemps :
J' ai aimé longtemps et longtemps,
Et fini par passer de mode,
Comme une vieille chanson.

Pendant toutes les années de notre jeunesse
Aucun de nous n'aurait pu distinguer
Ses propres pensées de celles de l'autre,
Tant nous étions un.

Mais oh, [elle]2 a changé en une minute –
Oh, n'aime pas trop longtemps
Ou tu finiras par passer de mode,
Comme une vieille chanson.


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1 Wilkinson: "Oh"
2 Rorem: "il"

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "O do not love too long", appears in In the Seven Woods, first published 1904
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Seymour Barab, Steven Ebel, Ned Rorem, Raymond Warren, Stephen Wilkinson. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2016-01-04T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2016-01-04T19:01:03
Line count: 12
Word count: 72