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When I consider every thing that grows

Language: English

When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and checked even by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with decay
To change your day of youth to sullied night,
  And all in war with Time for love of you,
  As he takes from you, I engraft you new.


Translation(s): FRE FRE ITA JPN

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  • Also set in Japanese (日本語), a translation by Tsubouchi Shōyō (1859 - 1935) ITA FRE by Elliot Weisgarber.

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Text added to the website: 2007-10-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:44
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Word count: 111

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Quand je considère comment tout ce qui...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Quand je considère comment tout ce qui grandit 
ne conserve la perfection qu'un instant; 
que ce vaste monde ne présente que des spectacles 
sur lesquels les étoiles exercent en secret leur influence; 
quand je vois que les hommes se multiplient comme les plantes, 
sont nourris et desséchés par le même ciel, 
qu'ils s'enorgueillissent de leur séve de jeunesse, décroissent quand ils sont arrivés au faîte, 
et disparaissent du souvenir avec leur éclat, 
alors l'idée de cette courte durée 
vous fait apparaître à mes yeux dans toute la richesse de votre jeunesse, 
je vois le temps prodigue discuter avec le déclin 
pour changer en une sombre nuit le jour de votre jeunesse, 
et faisant la guerre au temps par amour pour vous, 
je vous greffe de nouveau, à mesure qu'il vous enlève quelque chose.


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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 15 ITA JPN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rose Brandel, John Buller, Richard Simpson, Robert B. Whitcomb, David Winkler. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2016-05-19.
Last modified: 2016-05-19 15:15:50
Line count: 14
Word count: 133