I have been there before thee, O my love!
Each winding way I know and all the flowers,
The shadowy cypress trees, the twilight grove,
Where rest, in fragrant sleep, the enchanted hours.
I have been there before thee. At the end
There stands a gate through which thou too must pass.
When thou shalt reach it, God in mercy send
Thou say no bitterer word, love, than "Alas!"
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Sílvia Pujalte Piñán) , title 1: "El jardí d'Armida", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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El jardí d'Armida
Language: Catalan (Català) after the English
He estat allà abans de tu, o amor meu!
Conec cada camí sinuós i totes les flors,
els ombrívols xiprers, l'arbreda al crepuscle,
a on descansen, en un somni fragant, les hores encantades.
He estat allà abans de tu. Al final
hi ha una porta que tu també hauries de travessar.
Quan hi arribaràs, Déu misericordiós t'hi enviï,
no diràs paraula més amarga, amor, que "ai las!"
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- a text in English by Mary Coleridge (1861 - 1907), "Armida's garden", appears in Poems, no. 35, first published 1907
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2013-09-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
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