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Vous aurez beau faire et beau dire

Language: French (Français)

Vous [aurez]1 beau faire et beau dire,
L'oubli me serait odieux ;
Et je vois toujours son sourire
  Des adieux.

Vous [aurez]1 beau dire et beau faire,
Sans espoir je dois la chérir ;
Je souffre bien, mais je préfère
  En souffrir.

Vous [aurez]1 beau faire et beau dire
Dût-elle même l'ignorer,
Je veux, fidèle à mon martyre,
  La pleurer.

Vous [aurez]1 beau dire et beau faire,
Seule, elle peut mon mal guérir ;
Et j'aime mieux, s'il persévère,
  En mourir.

Translation(s): ENG

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H. Gilles de Fontenailles sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Obstinacy", copyright © 2012

Text added to the website: 2012-11-28.
Last modified: 2016-01-04 14:20:37
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Word count: 81

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Language: English after the French (Français)

Whatever you do or say,
Forgetting would be odious to me;
And I always see her smile
of farewell.

Whatever you say or do,
I must cherish her without hope ;
I suffer much, but I prefer
to suffer.

Whatever you do or say,
Would she even ignore it?
I want to be true to my martyrdom
and weep for her.

Whatever you do or say,
Only she can heal my pain,
And I would prefer if it persevered 
Unto death.

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Text added to the website: 2012-11-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:05
Line count: 16
Word count: 81