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To‑morrow is Saint Valentine's day

Language: English

  [To-morrow is]1 Saint Valentine's day,
  All in the morning [betime]2,
  And I a maid at your window,
  To be your Valentine.
  Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
  And dupp'd the chamber-door;
  Let in the maid, that out a maid
  Never departed more.

[Indeed, without an oath, I'll make an end on't!]3
  By Gis and by Saint Charity,
  Alack, and fie for shame!
  Young men will do't, if they come to't;
  By cock, they are to blame.
  Quoth she, before you tumbled me,
  You promised me to wed.

  [So]4 would I ha' done, by yonder sun,
  An thou hadst not come to my bed.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER GER

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J. Brahms sets stanza 1
R. Quilter sets lines 1-4

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1 Quilter: "Good morrow, 'tis "
2 Quilter: "time"
3 omitted by Castelnuovo-Tedesco
4 Castelnuovo-Tedesco: "He answers,/ So"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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Text added to the website: 2003-11-26 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-04-01 18:19:29

Line count: 17
Word count: 106

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Bonjour! c'est la Saint‑Valentin

Language: French (Français) after the English

Bonjour! c'est la Saint-Valentin.
Tous sont levés de grand matin.
Me voici, vierge, à votre fenêtre,
Pour être votre Valentine.
Alors, il se leva et mit ses habits,
Et ouvrit la porte de sa chambre;
Et vierge elle y entra, et puis oncques vierge
Elle n'en sortit.

En vérité, je finirai sans blasphème. 
Par Jésus ! par sainte Charité!
Au secours ! Ah ! fi ! quelle honte!
Tous les jeunes gens font ça, quand ils en viennent là. 
Par Priape, ils sont à blâmer!
Avant de me chiffonner, dit-elle,
Vous me promîtes de m'épouser.

C'est ce que j'aurais fait, par ce beau soleil là-bas,
Si tu n'étais venue dans mon lit.

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5 GER GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Kim Borg, Johannes Brahms, Osvaldo Costa de Lacerda, Roger Quilter. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-04-09 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:19

Line count: 17
Word count: 112