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Music to hear, why hear'st thou music...

Language: English

Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lovest thou that which thou receivest not gladly,
Or else receivest with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tunèd sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing.
  Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
  Sings this to thee: "Thou single wilt prove none."


Translation(s): DUT FIN FRE FRE HUN ITA JPN ROM RUS

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Musiikki kaikuu, miksi kuuntelet sitä...

Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the English

Musiikki kaikuu, miksi kuuntelet sitä surullisena?
Suloinen ei taistele suloista vastaan, ilo nauttii ilosta.
Miksi rakastaisit sellaista, mitä et ota vastaan ilolla,
tai miksi otat tyytyväisenä vastaan sen mikä ärsyttää?
Jos kauniisti soivien äänten täydellinen sopusointu
avioliitoissa häiritsee korviasi,
niin muista, että ne vain lempeästi toruvat sinua,
joka yksin jääden saatat häpeään sen, mikä tulisi kestää.
Huomaa, kuinka puolisot kahden soivan kielen lailla
osuvat yhteen ja kasvavat yhdeksi perheeksi;
isä ja lapsi ja onnellinen äiti,
ja kun he kaikki yhdessä laulavat ilman sanoja,
suloinen laulu kuulostaa yhtenäiseltä, vaikka heitä 
monta onkin: "Yksin et saa aikaan mitään!"


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  • Translation from English to Finnish (Suomi) copyright © 2009 by Erkki Pullinen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 8 FRE FRE HUN ITA RUS DUT JPN ROM
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Andrew Buchman, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Stephen Chatman, Paul Dessau, Miriam Gideon, Karel Goeyvaerts, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Edward James Harper, Oscar van Hemel, Gary Michael Higginson, Knud Högenhaven, Bo Holten, Brian C. Jarrett, Björn Johansson, Jouni Kaipainen, Laura Kaminsky, Piet Ketting, Torben Kjaer, Norman Eugene Lowrey, Jason McAuliffe, Paul Nahay, Erik Norby, Malcolm Cameron Peyton, Solomon Pimsleur, Paul Amadeus Pisk, Wilhelm Rettich, Johannes Röntgen, George Shearing, Michael Short, Richard Simpson, Ragnvald Strand, Igor Stravinsky, Leif Thybo, Harri Vuori, Paul William Whear, Jeffery J. Wilson, David Winkler. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-11-03.
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