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Of that so sweet imprisonment

Language: English

Of that so sweet imprisonment
    My soul, dearest, is fain -- 
Soft arms that woo me to relent
    And woo me to detain. 
Ah, could they ever hold me there
Gladly were I a prisoner!

Dearest, through interwoven arms
    By love made tremulous, 
That night allures me where alarms
    Nowise may trouble us; 
But sleep to dreamier sleep be wed
Where soul with soul lies prisoned.

Translation(s): FRE

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

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

Text added to the website: 2008-12-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:01
Line count: 12
Word count: 65

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De ce si doux emprisonnement

Language: French (Français) after the English

De ce si doux emprisonnement
Mon âme, très chère, est désireuse --
De doux bras qui cherchent à me plaire
Et à me retenir.
Ah, s'ils pouvaient toujours me tenir là
Heureux je serais leur prisonnier !

Très chère, à travers les bras entrelacés
Par l'amour rendus tremblants,
Cette nuit m'attire où les alarmes
Ne pourront nous troubler ;
Mais le sommeil se marie à un sommeil plein de rêves
Où l'âme reste prisonnière avec l'âme.

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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), no title, appears in Chamber Music, no. 22, first published 1907
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ross Lee Finney. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-11-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:26
Line count: 12
Word count: 75