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So we'll go no more a‑roving

Language: English

So we'll go no more a-roving
  So late into the night,
Though the heart be [still]1 as loving,
  And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears [the]2 sheath,
  And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart [must pause to breathe]3,
  And Love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
  And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a-roving
  By the light of the moon.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER

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Included in a letter to Thomas Moore on February 28, 1817
See also Henley's "We'll go no more a-roving"
1 Armstrong, White: "ne'er"
2 Chávez: "its"
3 Armstrong, White: "itself must pause"

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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Louis Hennevé GER GER by Maude Valérie White.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE by Emil R. H. Friebel.

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

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "So werden wir nicht mehr schweifen", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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So werden wir nicht mehr schweifen

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

So werden wir nicht mehr schweifen
Umher in der späten Nacht,
Wenn das Herz auch noch verliebt ist
Und der Mond noch immer lacht.

Denn das Schwert verschleißt seine Scheide
Und die Seele verschleißt die Brust,
Und das Herz muß ruhn um zu atmen
Und Liebe rasten von Lust.

Ist die Nacht auch gemacht für die Liebe
Und der Tag folgt zu schnell der Nacht,
So werden wir doch nicht mehr schweifen,
Wenn der Mond vom Himmel lacht.

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Based on
  • a text in English by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824), "So we'll go no more a-roving", written 1817, appears in Letters and Journals of Lord Byron: with Notices of His Life, Volume II, first published 1830 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, Charles Bennett, Carlos Chávez, George Cory, Mervyn Dale, Robert Mills Delaney, Robert Nathaniel Dett, Peter Dickinson, Bernard van Dieren, William Edmondstoune Duncan, Richard Dyer-Bennet, John Lodge Ellerton, Herbert Ferrers, Michael Fiveisky, Cecil Forsyth, Patrick Arthur Sheldon Hadley, Laura Karpman, C. H. Keefer, George Kiallmark, Samuel Ernest Lovatt, Leighton Lucas, Elizabeth Maconchy, Derrick Mason, Robert Owens, Alexander Paucker, as Francis Chagrin, George Norman Peterkin, Kurt George Roger, Rudolph Edward Schirmer, T. Wallace Southam, Lewys Thomas, Millard S. Thomson, Bryceson Treharne, Samuel W. Underwood, George Theophilus Walker, Maude Valérie White, Pedro de Zulueta. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-03-23.
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