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Ah! si vous saviez comme on pleure

Language: French (Français)

Ah! si vous saviez comme on pleure 
De vivre seul et sans foyers, 
Quelquefois devant ma demeure 
Vous passeriez. 

Si vous saviez ce que fait naître 
Dans l'âme triste un pur regard, 
Vous regarderiez ma fenêtre 
Comme au hazard. 

Si vous saviez quel baume apporte 
Au coeur la présence d'un coeur, 
Vous vous assoiriez sous ma porte 
Comme une soeur. 

Si vous saviez que je vous aime, 
Surtout si vous saviez comment, 
Vous entreriez peut-être même 
Tout simplement.


Translation(s): ENG GER RUS

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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)

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG RUS by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG RUS by Eugen Hildach.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Aleksey Nikolayevich Pleshcheyev (1825 - 1893) , written 1883, first published 1884 ENG GER GER by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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O, esli b znali vy

Language: Russian (Русский) after the French (Français)

O, esli b znali vy, kak mnogo slëz nezrimych
Tot l'ët, kto odinok, bez druga i sem'i, -
Vy, možet byt', poroj prošli by mimo
Žilišča, gde vlačatsja dni moi.

O, esli b znali vy, čto serdce, polnom tajnoj
Pečali, čistyj vzor sposoben zarodit', --
V moë okno poroj, kak by slučajno,
Vy, prochodja, vzgljanuli, možet byt'.

O, esli b znali vy, kak serdcu sčast'ja mnogo
Darit drugogo serdca blizost', - otdochnut'
U moego vy seli by poroga,
Kak dobraja sestra, kogda-nibud'.

O, esli b znali vy, čto ja ljublju vas, znali, 
Kak gluboko ljublju, kakim svjatym ognëm
Vy s davnich por mne dušu sogrevali,
Vy, možet byt', možet byt', ko mne vošli by v dom!


Translation(s): GER

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First published in Jezhenedel'noje obozrenije, 1884, no. 1, p. 6

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  • a text in French (Français) by René-François Sully-Prudhomme (1839 - 1907), "Prière", written 1872, appears in Les vaines tendresses, no. 2, Paris, Éd. Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1875 ENG GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Giulio Alary, François Berthet, André Devaere, Théodore Dubois, Simone Féjard, Charles Gounod, Henriëtte Jacoba van Heukelom - van den Brandeler, Edmond Hippeau, Jean Mein, Giovanni Sgambati, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Theodor H. H. Verhey, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Maude Valérie White. Go to the text.

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:45
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