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Language: French (Français)

Sauvons-nous du souci d'un jour!
Théone, cédons à l'amour,
Cédons à Vénus Cyprienne
Que le myrte à la verveine tors
(D'autres diront la vie est ses torts!)
Peinture tes chevuex que l'écaille hausse.
Je dirai la vipère au bandeau 
Des femmes de la Thrace, et l'eau 
Sacrée de la fontaine Tilfosse.
Fais ton corps docile au coussin,
Ceinturée de perles indiques.
Je dirai, comme au doux essaim
Des Favones rouvrent leur sein,
Les gracieuses heures véridiques.

Translation(s): ENG

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , title 1: "Theona", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-10-27 17:30:47
Line count: 14
Word count: 76

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Language: English after the French (Français)

Let us escape from this day's worries!
Theona, let us yield to love,
let us yield to Venus the Cyprian.
May myrtle twisted with verbena
(others will speak of life and its wrongs)
adorn your hair lifted by the tortoiseshell comb.
I will speak of the vipers on the headbands
of the women of Thrace, and the sacred
waters of the springs of Tilfossa.
Fit your body to the cushions' curves,
wear Indian pearls round your waist.
And as the Favonae open again
to the gentle bees, I will speak
of the hours that are gracious and authentic.

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Text added to the website: 2006-02-21.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:17
Line count: 14
Word count: 98