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My heart and tongue were twins

Language: English

My heart and tongue were twins at once conceived,
Th'eldest was my heart, born dumb by Destiny,
The last my tongue, of all sweet thoughts bereaved:
Yet strung and tun'd to play heart's harmony.
Both knit in one and yet asunder placed:
What heart would speak the tongue doth still discover.

What tongue doth speak is of the heart embraced,
And both are one to make a new found lover
New found, and only found in gods and kings,
Whose words are deeds, but words nor deeds regarded.
Chaste thoughts do mount and fly with swiftest wings,
My love with pain, my pain with loss rewarded.

Then this be sure, since it is true perfection,
That neither men nor gods can force affection.

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 1: "Mon cœur et ma langue étaient jumeaux", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:19
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Word count: 123

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Mon cœur et ma langue étaient jumeaux

Language: French (Français) after the English

Mon cœur et ma langue ont été conçus à la fois,
L'aîné était mon cœur, né muet par la destinée,
La benjamine ma langue, affligée de toutes les douces pensées :
Pourtant encordée et accordée pour jouer l'harmonie du cœur.
Tous les deux unis en un et pourtant placés à distance :
Ce que le cœur voudrait dire la langue doit encore le découvrir.

Ce que la langue doit dire est étreint par le cœur,
Et tous les deux sont un à créer un amant de fraîche date,
De fraîche date, et seulement trouvé parmi les dieux et les rois,
Dont les mots sont actions, mais ni mots ni actions ne sont considérés.
Des pensées chastes montent et volent avec les ailes les plus rapides,
Mon amour récompensé par la douleur, ma douleur récompensée par la perte.

Alors ce qui est sûr, puisque c'est la vraie perfection,
C'est que ni hommes ni dieux ne peuvent forcer l'affection.

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Text added to the website: 2010-03-01.
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