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Ne jamais la voir ni l'entendre

Language: French (Français)

[Ne jamais]1 la voir ni l'entendre,
Ne jamais [tout haut]1 la nommer,
Mais, fidèle, toujours l'attendre,
  Toujours l'aimer!

Ouvrir les bras, et, las d'attendre,
Sur le néant les refermer!
Mais encor, toujours les lui tendre
  Toujours l'aimer.

Ah! ne pouvoir que les lui tendre
Et dans les pleurs se consumer,
Mais ces pleurs toujours les répandre,
  Toujours l'aimer...

Ne jamais la voir ni l'entendre,
Ne jamais [tout haut]1 la nommer,
Mais d'un amour toujours plus tendre
  Toujours l'aimer. [Toujours!]3

Translation(s): DUT ENG

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1 Adaïevsky: "Jamais ne"; further changes may exist not noted above.
2 Viardot: "pouvoir"
3 Omitted by Viardot.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Marike Lindhout) , "Zucht", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "Never to see or hear her", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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