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Je n'ose pas

Language: French (Français)

Je n'ose pas, regardez donc mes larmes,
Mon front baissé, mon craintif embarras,
Donner un nom à ces tendres alarmes.

L'oiseau fait-il entendre
Sa douce voix s'il tremble dans les lacs ?
Mais votre cœur, ami, doit me comprendre.

Je n'ose pas vous avouer que j'aime ;
A ce penser mon cœur frémit tout bas ;
Mais en secret je le dis à moi-même.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "I dare not", copyright © 2012

Text added to the website: 2012-11-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:05
Line count: 9
Word count: 64

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I dare not

Language: English after the French (Français)

I dare not; just look at my tears,
my bowed head, my timid embarrassment
to give a name to these tender anxieties.

Does the bird allow his sweet voice to be heard 
when he trembles in a snare?
But your heart, my friend, should understand me.

I dare not confess to you that I love;
At that thought my heart gives a deep shudder;
but in secret I tell it to myself.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by ? Dufrene
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Mathilde, Baroness Willy de Rothschild. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-12-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:06
Line count: 9
Word count: 72