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Plaintes d'amour

Language: French (Français)

L'amour, l'amour, fleur que Dieu bénit,
Quelque temps s'épanouit,
Mais il ressemble à la rose;
Météore du destin 
Il brille, il brille avec le matin
Pour s'éteindre à la nuit close.

L'amour, l'amour, pur rayon vermeil,
C'est la saison du soleil,
Mais vite il nous abandonne.
Jouet fragile du temps,
Il naît, il naît avec le printemps
Pour mourir avec l'automne.

L'amour, l'amour, lyre au chant vainqueur
Fait gaîment vibrer le coeur.
Mais qu'il nous cause d'alarmes!
Capricieux et changeant 
Il commence en souriant,
Pour finir avec des larmes!

Translation(s): ENG

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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):

  • ENG English (David Fetter) , "Love's complaints", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:00:34

Line count: 18
Word count: 89

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Love's complaints

Language: English after the French (Français)

Love, love, flower blessed by God
For a while it blooms, 
But it resembles the rose, 
Meteor of destiny, 
It shines, it shines with the morning. 
Only to expire at dusk.
Love, love, pure crimson ray 
It is the season of the sun. 
But quickly it abandons us 
Fragile toy of time
It is born, it is born in spring 
To die in autumn.
Love, love, lyre of victorious song
Makes the heart vibrate gaily! 
But what alarms it causes us!
Capricious and changeable
It begins smiling, 
To end in tears. 

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