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If I can stop one heart from breaking

Language: English

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Translation(s): FRE GER ITA

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:26
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Si je peux arrêter un Cœur de se briser

Language: French (Français) after the English

Si je peux arrêter un Cœur de se briser
Je ne vivrai pas en vain
Si je peux soulager la Douleur d'une Vie
Ou apaiser une Souffrance
Ou aider un Merle évanoui
À regagner son Nid à nouveau
Je ne vivrai pas en vain.

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Translation of title "If I can stop one heart from breaking" = "Si je peux arrêter un Cœur de se briser"


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Based on
  • a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 GER ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Floy Little Bartlett, Gloria Coates, Richard Hageman, Jake Heggie, John Brodbin Kennedy, Jitka Koželuhová, Lori Laitman, Otto Luening, Peter Christian Lutkin, James G. MacDermid, Janie Alexander Patterson, Vincent Persichetti, Oley Speaks, Earl Towner, Joel Weiss. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-04-13.
Last modified: 2016-11-08 18:14:43
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Word count: 44