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Time long past

Language: English

Like the ghost of a dear friend dead
Is Time long past.
A tone which is now forever fled,
A hope which is now forever past,
A love so sweet it could not last, 
Was Time long past.

There were sweet dreams in the night
Of Time long past:
And, was it sadness or delight,
Each day a shadow onward cast  
Which made us wish it yet might last--
That Time long past.

There is regret, almost remorse,
For Time long past.
'Tis like a child's beloved corse 
A father watches, till at last
Beauty is like remembrance, cast
From Time long past.

Translation(s): FRE GER ITA

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le temps lointain", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-01-28T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:01:59
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Word count: 103

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Le temps lointain

Language: French (Français) after the English

Comme le fantôme d'un cher ami mort
Est le temps lointain.
Une harmonie qui maintenant s'est enfuie pour toujours,
Un espoir qui maintenant est passé pour toujours,
Un amour si doux qu'il ne pouvait pas durer,
Étaient le temps lointain.

Il y avait de doux rêves dans la nuit
Du temps lointain :
Et, était-ce tristesse ou joie,
Chaque jour une ombre jetée en avant 
Qui nous faisait souhaiter qu'il puisse cependant durer --
Ce temps lointain.

Il y a du regret, presque du remords,
Pour le temps lointain.
C'est comme le corps bien-aimé d'un enfant mort
Qu'un père regarde, jusqu'à ce qu'à la fin
La beauté soit comme un souvenir, lancé
Du temps lointain.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822), "Time long past", first published 1870 ITA GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): G. Barrington-Baker, Emily M. Lawrence (attribution uncertain), John Storer. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-05-14T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-05-14T05:59:21
Line count: 18
Word count: 114