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From fairest creatures we desire...

Language: English

From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel:
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content,
And, tender churl, mak'st waste in niggarding:
  Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
  To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.


Translation(s): FRE FRE FRE GER GER GER ITA SRB

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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Pierre Jean Jouve (1887 - 1976) , title unknown, copyright © ITA GER SRB by Serge Baudo.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ITA FRE FRE SRB by Paul Coenen.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) , title unknown ITA FRE FRE SRB by Carl Joachim Ludwig.
  • Also set in Serbian (Српски), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ITA FRE FRE GER by Tugomir Vidanović.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Alfons Wolpert (1917 - 1978) , title unknown ITA FRE FRE SRB by Franz Alfons Wolpert.

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Text added to the website: 2007-10-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:29
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Word count: 106

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Nous désirons voir les créatures les...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Nous désirons voir les créatures les plus belles se multiplier 
afin que la rose de la beauté ne meure jamais, 
et qu'au moment où les plus avancées tombent sous les coups du Temps,
leurs tendres héritières puissent relever leur mémoire; 
mais toi, tu es fiancée à tes propres yeux et à leur éclat, 
tu nourris la flamme de ton flambeau d'une huile intérieure, 
tu produis la famine là où règne l'abondance, 
tu es ta propre ennemie, tu es trop cruelle envers toi-même. 
Toi qui fais maintenant le nouvel ornement du monde, 
toi qui annonces seule le glorieux printemps, 
tu enterres dans son bouton ta satisfaction; douce
avare, tu gaspilles par ta lésinerie. 
  Aie compassion du monde, sans quoi, vorace que tu es, 
  tu te joindras au tombeau pour dévorer ce qui est dû au monde.


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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 1 ITA GER GER GER SRB
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Michael G. Cunningham, Dennis M. Farrell, A. Oscar Haügland, Mamie Grace Leonard, Stig Gustav Schönberg, Richard Simpson, David Winkler. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2009-01-21.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:05
Line count: 14
Word count: 135