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Nous nous sommes aimés trois jours ;

Language: French (Français)

Nous nous sommes aimés trois jours ;
Trois jours elle me fut fidèle.
- Trois jours! - La constance éternelle 
Et les éternelles amours !

Jamais ! jamais ! me disait-elle ;
Moi je disais : toujours ! toujours !
- Toujours ! - La constance éternelle
Et les éternelles amours!

Depuis ce temps, de l'hirondelle
Trois fois j'ai compté les retours.
- Nous nous sommes aimés trois jours :
Trois jours elle me fut fidèle.

Translation(s): ENG

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J. Massenet sets stanza 1

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , title unknown, copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-03-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:17
Line count: 12
Word count: 76

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We were lovers for three days

Language: English after the French (Français)

We were lovers for three days.
For three days she was faithful.
Three days: that's eternal constancy,
eternal love!

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Note: this is a translation of the spoken introduction to Massenet's song, which sets only the first stanza.


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2002 by Peter Low, (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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