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When we two parted

Language: English

When we two parted
    In silence and tears, 
Half broken-hearted
    To sever for years, 
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
    Colder thy kiss; 
Truly that hour foretold
    Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
    Sunk chill on my brow -- 
It felt like the warning
    Of what I feel now. 
Thy vows are all broken,
    And light is thy fame; 
I hear thy name spoken,
    And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
    A knell to mine ear; 
A shudder comes o'er me --
    Why wert thou so dear? 
They know not I knew thee,
    Who knew thee too well:-- 
Long, long shall I rue thee,
    Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met --
    In silence I grieve 
That thy heart could forget,
    Thy spirit deceive. 
If I should meet thee
    After long years, 
How should I greet thee? --
    With silence and tears.

Translation(s): CHI FRE FRE FRE GER RUS

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J. Ellerton sets stanza 3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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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)

This text (or a part of it) is used in a work

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CHI ; composed by Charles Bial.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by André Viaud CHI ; composed by Yüksel Koptagel.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Hermann Schneider (1860 - 1930) CHI FRE ; composed by Émile Antoine Bruguière.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CHI FRE ; composed by V. Mefodiev.

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

Text added to the website: 2008-01-23 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:35

Line count: 32
Word count: 144

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Quand nous nous séparâmes l'un de...

Language: French (Français) after the English

Quand nous nous séparâmes l'un de l'autre,
dans le silence et dans les larmes,
le cœur déchiré et mourant à demi,
pour une absence de longues années;
pâle et froide devint ta joue;
et plus froid ton baiser.
En vérité, cette heure du passé prédit
les chagrins à l'heure d'aujourd'hui.

La rosée du matin
tomba glacée sur mon front;--
elle me donna comme un pressentiment
de ce que je sens aujourd'hui.
Tes sermens sont tous rompus,
et ta renommée sans honneur.
J'entends prononcer ton nom,
et j'ai part à la honte qui s'y attache.

On te nomme devant moi,--
oh! supplice pour mon oreille!
Un frisson me parcourt:--
pourquoi me fus-tu si chère?
On ne sait pas que je t'ai connue;
moi qui, hélas, t'ai connue trop bien:--
long-tems, ah! long-tems, je te maudirai,--
trop profondément pour parler.

En secret, nous nous sommes vus:--
en silence, je m'afflige
que ton cœur ait pu oublier,
et ton esprit s'abaisser à la perfidie.
Si je te revoyais jamais
après longues années,
comment t'accueillerais-je?--
Avec le silence et les larmes.

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Based on
  • a text in English by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824), "When we two parted", appears in Poems, first published 1816 CHI
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): J. Alexander, Henry Robinson Allen, Frances Allitsen, née Bumpus, Mark Andrews, Catherine Armstrong, A. Barlow, Miss, William Richard Bexfield, Ruth Fisher Braun, Horace Cadogan, Alfred James Caldicott, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Wolseley Charles, John Clarke-Whitfeld, Ambrose H. Comfort, Cecil Dorling, George Vincent Duval, John Lodge Ellerton, James William Elliott, Roland Farley, Horatia Fielding, R. Rashleigh Glendenning, Horton Harris, Richard Frederick Harvey, Maria Billington Hawes, Sophie E. Hudson, John Adam Hugo, Philip Knapton, Joseph Philip Knight, Henry James Lane-Wilson, George Linley, Somerset C. Lowry, Clarence Lucas, George Alexander MacFarren, Oskar Morawetz, Peter Nash, Isaac Nathan, Robert Owens, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Henry Hugo Pierson, Percy Pitt, Edmund Rogers, C. Rudolphus, Serge Saxe, Georgina Schuyler, Charles Louis Seeger, Jr., T. Wallace Southam, Thomas Wilkinson Stephenson, Cyril Thornton, Wilbraham John Tollemache, George Tomling, Bryceson Treharne, Fructuoso de Lima Vianna, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Chee Yean Wong, J. H. Wood. Go to the text.

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

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Text added to the website: 2012-01-15 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:45

Line count: 32
Word count: 177