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Comment, disaient‑ils

Language: French (Français)

Comment, disaient-ils,
Avec nos nacelles,
Fuir les alguazils?
Ramez, disaient-elles.

Comment, disaient-ils,
Oublier querelles,
Misère et périls?
Dormez, disaient-elles.

Comment, disaient-ils,
Enchanter les belles
Sans philtres subtils?
Aimez, disaient-elles.


Translation(s): CHI ENG ENG ENG GER GER RUS

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J. Bordier sets stanzas 1, 3, 2

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Submitted by Emily Ezust

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  • CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "“怎麼辦?” 他們問", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "How then, asked he", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "How, asked the men", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , ""O how," murmured he"
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] ((Johann) Philipp Kaufmann)


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"O how," murmured he

Language: English after the French (Français)

"O how," murmur'd he ,
"Can we with our light bark
Flee the alguazils?"
"O row, swiftly row" answer'd she.

"O how," mutter'd he,
"E'er forget our perils
And grief and misery?"
"O sleep, softly sleep," answer'd she.

"And how," whisper'd he,
"Can we win the maidens
Without magic charms?"
"By love, only love," answer'd she.


From a Liszt score.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885), "Autre Guitare", appears in Les Rayons et les Ombres, no. 23, first published 1838 CHI RUS GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jean Absil, Max Arham, Georges Bizet, Jules Bordier, Arthur Coquard, Paul-Charles-Marie Curet, as Paul Puget, Léon Delafosse, Léo Delibes, Jean-Baptiste Faure, Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, Serge Gut, Jean-Georges Kastner, Louis Lacombe, Edouard Lalo, Charles Lecocq, Franz Liszt, Victor Massé, Jules Massenet, Isabelle Marie Henriette Mellerio, as Ellebasi, Henri Reber, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Trémois. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-04-13.
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