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Music to hear, why hear'st thou music...

Language: English

Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lovest thou that which thou receivest not gladly,
Or else receivest with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tunèd sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing.
  Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
  Sings this to thee: "Thou single wilt prove none."


Translation(s): DUT FIN FRE FRE HUN ITA JPN ROM RUS

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Toi dont la voix est une musique,...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Toi dont la voix est une musique, pourquoi écoutes-tu tristement la musique? 
les douceurs ne font pas la guerre aux douceurs, la joie prend plaisir à la joie. 
Pourquoi aimes-tu ce que tu ne reçois pas volontiers?
ou pourquoi reçois-tu avec plaisir ce qui te déplaît? 
si le véritable accord de sons harmonieux, 
mariés par une heureuse union, blesse ton oreille, 
ils ne font que te reprendre doucement, toi qui confonds 
dans ton chant solitaire les parties que tu devrais entonner. 
Vois comme les cordes doucement unies ensemble 
se frappent mutuellement dans une harmonie réciproque, 
comme un père, un enfant et une heureuse mère 
qui chantent ensemble le même air délicieux, 
et dont le chant sans paroles multiples et cependant 
me semble te dire ceci: »Toi qui es seule, tu seras comme si tu n'étais pas!«


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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Sonnets, no. 8 FIN HUN ITA RUS DUT JPN ROM
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Andrew Buchman, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Stephen Chatman, Paul Dessau, Miriam Gideon, Karel Goeyvaerts, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Edward James Harper, Oscar van Hemel, Gary Michael Higginson, Knud Högenhaven, Bo Holten, Brian C. Jarrett, Björn Johansson, Jouni Kaipainen, Laura Kaminsky, Piet Ketting, Torben Kjaer, Norman Eugene Lowrey, Jason McAuliffe, Paul Nahay, Erik Norby, Malcolm Cameron Peyton, Solomon Pimsleur, Paul Amadeus Pisk, Wilhelm Rettich, Johannes Röntgen, George Shearing, Michael Short, Richard Simpson, Ragnvald Strand, Igor Stravinsky, Leif Thybo, Harri Vuori, Paul William Whear, Jeffery J. Wilson, David Winkler. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2009-01-22.
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