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Ni nuit ne jour, je ne fais que songer

Language: French (Français)

Ni nuit ne jour, je ne fais que songer,
Limer mon coeur, le mordre et le ronger,
Priant amour [qu'il]1 me tranche la vie,
Mais lui qui rit du tourment qui me point,
Plus je l'appelle et plus je le convie,
Plus fait le sourd et ne me répond point.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Regnard: "qui"

Submitted by John Versmoren


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

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

  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Night or day", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2015-04-23 23:37:03
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Word count: 50

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Night or day

Language: English after the French (Français)

Night or day, I just dream,
Scrape away at my heart, gnaw on it, tear at it,
Praying to Love [to cut]1 off my life.
But he who laughs at the torment which hurts me,
The more I call on him, the more I urge him
The more he plays deaf and does not respond at all.

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1 Regnard: "who cuts"


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585), no title
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): François Regnard. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-06-23.
Last modified: 2015-04-23 23:37:33
Line count: 6
Word count: 57