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Frail the white rose and frail are

Language: English

Frail the white rose and frail are
Her hands that gave
Whose soul is sere and paler
Than time's wan wave.

Rosefrail and fair-- yet frailest
A wonder wild
In gentle eyes thou veilest,
My blueveined child.


Translation(s): FRE GER ITA

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First published in Poetry, May 1917

Submitted by Barbara Miller

Authorship


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

Settings in other languages:

  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), adapted by by Eugenio Montale (1896 - 1981) , title unknown, copyright © GER FRE by Luigi Dallapiccola.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Eine Blume, meiner Tochter überreicht", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Une fleur offerte à ma fille", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2005-01-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
Line count: 8
Word count: 37

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Une fleur offerte à ma fille

Language: French (Français) after the English

Frêle la rose blanche et frêles sont
Ses mains qui l'offrirent
Dont l'âme est fanée et plus pâle
Que la vague blême du temps.

Rose frêle et belle -- encore plus frêle
Une merveille sauvage
Dans tes doux yeux que tu voiles,
Mon enfant aux veines bleues.


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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), "A flower given to my daughter", written 1913, appears in Pomes Penyeach, no. 3 GER ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Lorne M. Betts, David Del Tredici, David Leo Diamond, Bernard van Dieren, Ernest John Moeran, Albert Roussel, Ronald Stevenson, William Strickland. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-11-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:27
Line count: 8
Word count: 46