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Say over again, and yet once over again

Language: English

Say over again, and yet once over again,
That thou dost love me. Though the word repeated
Should seem “a cuckoo-song,” as thou dost treat it,
Remember, never to the hill or plain,
Valley and wood, without her cuckoo-strain
Comes the fresh Spring in all her green completed.
Belovèd, I, amid the darkness greeted
By a doubtful spirit-voice, in that doubt’s pain
Cry, “Speak once more—thou lovest!” Who can fear
Too many stars, though each in heaven shall roll,
Too many flowers, though each shall crown the year?
Say thou [dost]1 love me, love me, love me — toll
The silver iterance! — only minding, Dear,
To love me also in silence with thy soul.

Translation(s): GER

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Confirmed with English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald, Vol. XLI. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909–14;, 2001.

1 Steele: "does" (typo?)

Submitted by Lynn Steele


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Sag immer wieder und noch einmal sag

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Sag immer wieder und noch einmal sag,
daß du mich liebst. Obwohl dies Wort vielleicht,
so wiederholt, dem lied des Kuckucks gleicht
wie du's empfandest: über Tal und Hag
und Feld und Abhang, beinah allgemein
und überall, mit jedem Frühling tönend.
Geliebter, da im Dunkel redet höhnend
ein Zweifelgeist mich an; ich möchte schrein:
«Sag wieder, daß du liebst.» Wer ist denn bang,
daß zu viel Sterne werden: ihrem Gang
sind Himmel da. Und wenn sich Blumen mehren,
erweitert sich das Jahr. Laß wiederkehren
der Kehrreim deiner Liebe. Doch entzieh
mir ihre Stille nicht. Bewahrst du sie?

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in English by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861), no title, appears in Poems, in Sonnets from the Portuguese, no. 21, first published 1847
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): William Henry Bell, James Arthur Bliss, Noble Cain, Celius Dougherty, Eleanor Everest Freer, William Arthur Goldsworthy, Juliana Hall, Alfred de Kaiser, Charles O'Neill, Lynn Steele, Peter Tahourdin, Lajos Vass. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2008-11-26 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:01

Line count: 14
Word count: 97