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Air léger

Language: French (Français)

Tu te plais, enfant de Cythere. 
A faire acheter tes douceurs, 
L'amant que tu veux satisfaire.
N'est point exempt de tes rigueurs!

Pour etre heureux dans ton empire,
Il faut qu'il en coute des pleurs.
Plus unfidele amant soupire,
Mieux il connait le prix de tes faveurs.

Translation(s): ENG GER

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Submitted by Scott Mello


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):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Unbeschwertes Lied", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Careless song", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-04-18.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:40
Line count: 8
Word count: 47

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Unbeschwertes Lied

Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Gefällt es dir, Kind der Aphrodite (Liebesgöttin).
Deinen Geliebten dazu zu bewegen
Deine  Köstlichkeiten teuer zu bezahlen?
Du genießest wohl deine Macht!

In deinem Königreich glücklich zu sein,
kostet scheinbar  Tränen.
So sehr auch der ungetreue Geliebte seufzet,
so kennt er doch nur zu gut den Preis deiner Gunst.

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Text added to the website: 2008-06-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:43
Line count: 8
Word count: 49