The hero may perish his country to save
The hero may perish his country to save,
And he lives in the records of fame;
The sage may the dungeons of tyranny brave --
Ever honour'd and blest be his name!
But virtue, that silently toils [or]1 expires,
No wreath for the brow to [entwine]2,
That asks but a smile -- but a fond sigh requires --
O woman! that virtue is thine!
Translation(s): FRE GER
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Confirmed with The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal for Oct 1823 ... Jan. 1824, Vol. XXXIX, Edinburh, 1824, page 81.
Note: in the score of Beethoven's "The hero may perish", the words "hero", "sage", "virtue", and "woman" are capitalized.
1 in Beethoven's setting "Womankind" : "and"
2 in Beethoven's setting "Womankind" : "adorn"
Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "Womankind", WoO. 156 (12 Scottish Songs) no. 8, G. 227 no. 8, published 1817/8. [vocal trio, piano] [
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- by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "The hero may perish", WoO. 154 (12 Irische Lieder) no. 10, G. 225 no. 10, published 1812/3. [vocal duet for two voices with piano, violin, violoncello] [
text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (G. Pertz) , title unknown
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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