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Ni l'or ni la grandeur

Language: French (Français)

Ni l'or ni la grandeur ne nous rendent heureux;
Ces deux divinités n'accordent à nos voeux
Que des biens peu certains, qu'un plaisir peu tranquille:
Des soucis dévorants c'est l'éternal asile;
Le sage y vit, en paix, errant parmi les bois;
Il regard à ses pieds les favoris des Rois;
Il lit au front de ceux qu'un vain luxe environne
Que la fortune vend ce qu'on croit qu'elle donne.
Approche-t-il du but, quitte-t-il ce séjour,
Rien ne trouble sa fin: c'est le soir d'un beau jour.


Translation(s): ENG

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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):

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "Neither gold nor grandeur", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:28
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Word count: 86

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Neither gold nor grandeur

Language: English after the French (Français)

 Neither gold nor grandeur make us happy.
 These two divinities only respond to our vows
 with very uncertain treasures and uneasy pleasures.
 This is the eternal refuge from devouring care.
 The wise man lives there in peace, wandering through the forest.
 He sees at his feet the favourites of kings.
 He reads on the brows of those surrounded by vain luxury
 that fortune sells that which we think she gives.
 When he nears his goal and leaves this rest
 nothing troubles his end. It is the evening of a fine day.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:28
Line count: 10
Word count: 92