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Language: English after the Greek (Ελληνικά)

I often wish this languid lyre,
This warbler of my soul's desire,
Could raise the breath of song sublime,
To men of fame, in former time.
But when the soaring theme I try,
Along the chords my numbers die,
And whisper, with dissolving tone,
"Our sighs are given to love alone!"
Indignant at the feeble lay,
I tore the panting chords away,
Attuned them to a nobler swell,
And struck again the breathing shell;
In all the glow of epic fire,
To Hercules I wake the lyre,
But still its fainting sighs repeat,
"The tale of love alone is sweet!"
Then fare thee well, seductive dream,
That madest me follow Glory's theme;
For thou my lyre, and thou my heart,
Shall never more in spirit part;
And all that one has felt so well
The other shall as sweetly tell!

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in Greek (Ελληνικά) possibly by Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE) FRE GER GER GER DUT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe. Go to the text.

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  • Also set in Greek (Ελληνικά), original text by Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE) , title 1: "Εις λυραν", from Odes, no. 1 ENG GER FRE DUT by Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Seraph Ritter von Bruchmann (1798 - 1867) , title unknown [an adaptation] DUT ENG ITA FRE DUT by P. Mirsch, Franz Peter Schubert.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG ITA FRE DUT by Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe.
  • Also set in English, a translation by John Berkenhead (1617 - 1679) , title unknown GER FRE DUT by Henry Lawes.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875) , title 1: "Verschiedener Krieg", from Anakreontische Lieder, no. 2 [an adaptation] ENG FRE DUT by Fritz Schieri.
  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG GER FRE by Lodewijk Mortelmans.

Text added to the website: 2010-04-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:39
Line count: 22
Word count: 140

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