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In moments to delight devoted

Language: English after the Portuguese (Português)

In moments to delight devoted 
  «My life» with tenderest tone you cry;
Dear words! on which my heart had doted,
  If Youth could neither fade or die. 

To Death even hours like these must roll,
  Ah! then repeat those accents never;
Or change «my Life» into «my Soul»
  Which, like my Love, exists for ever.

Translation(s): FRE GER RUS

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Ivan Ivanovich Kozlov (1779 - 1840) , title unknown ENG GER FRE by Reinhold Moritzevich Glière, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Akhilles Nikolayevich Alferaki.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870) , title 1: "Aus dem Portugiesischen", published 1819 RUS ENG FRE by Hans Hermann.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
Line count: 8
Word count: 55

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Dans les moments consacrés au plaisir

Language: French (Français) after the English

Dans les moments consacrés au plaisir,
Tu cries "Ma vie" avec le ton le plus tendre ;
Chers mots ! sur qui mon cœur a sursauté,
Si la jeunesse pouvait ne jamais se faner ou mourir.

Près de la mort même les heures comme celles-ci doivent se dérouler,
Ah ! alors ne répète jamais ces paroles ;
Ou change "ma vie " en "mon âme"
Qui, comme mon amour, existe pour toujours.

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  • Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Guy Laffaille, (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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Text added to the website: 2011-09-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:34
Line count: 8
Word count: 72