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Winds of May, that dance on the sea

Language: English

Winds of May, that dance on the sea, 
Dancing a ring-around in glee 
From furrow to furrow, while overhead 
The foam flies up to be garlanded, 
In silvery arches spanning the air, 
Saw you my true love anywhere? 
		 Welladay! Welladay! 
		 For the winds of May! 
  Love is unhappy when love is away!

Translation(s): FRE POL

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:36

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Vents de Mai, qui dansez sur la mer

Language: French (Français) after the English

Vents de Mai, qui dansez sur la mer,
Dansant une ronde joyeusement,
De sillon en sillon, tandis que plus haut
L'écume s'envole en guirlandes,
En arches d'argent franchissant l'air,
Avez-vous vu mon fidèle amour quelque part ?
Hélas ! Hélas !
Pour les vents de Mai !
L'amour est malheureux quand l'amour est loin !

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  • Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2009 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in English by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), appears in Chamber Music, no. 9, first published 1907 POL
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): David Arditti, Luciano Berio, Lorne M. Betts, William A. Billingsley, Roberto Di Marino, Joan Ferris, Ross Lee Finney, Hugo Kauder, Carl J. Kittleson, Dorothy Hill Klotzman, Rudolf Mengelberg, Williametta Spencer, Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Graham Martin Treacher. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-11-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:26

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