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O tuneful voice

Language: English

O tuneful voice I still deplore,
Thy accents, which I hear no more,
Still vibrate on my heart.

In Echo's cave I long to dwell 
And still to hear that sad farewell
When we were forced to part.

Bright eyes! O that the task were mine
To guard the liquid fires that shine
And round your orbits play,

To watch them with a vestal's care,
To feed with smiles a light so fair
That it may ne'er decay.

Translation(s): DUT FRE

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Ô voix mélodieuse", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "O mooie stem", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:34
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Word count: 78

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Ô voix mélodieuse

Language: French (Français) after the English

Ô voix mélodieuse ! Je regrette encore
Tes accents, que je n'entends plus,
Ils vibrent toujours dans mon cœur.

Dans la grotte d'écho j'ai envie de demeurer,
Pour entendre encore ce triste adieu
Lorsque nous avons dû nous séparer.

Yeux brillants ! Oh, que ce soit ma tâche
De surveiller les feux liquides qui brillent
Et jouent autour de tes orbites,

De les surveiller avec les soins d'une vestale,
Et de nourrir de sourires une lumière si belle
Pour qu'elle ne s'éteigne jamais.

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Text added to the website: 2008-04-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:40
Line count: 12
Word count: 83