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Dear Silvia lay aside those airs, And let me share thy kisses; Why, after so much toil and pray'rs, Refuse the tender blisses? Then let me press those lips so sweet, And, bee-like, honey rifle! To me the gain were wond'rous great, The loss to thee a trifle.
- by John Walcot (1738 - 1819), as Peter Pindar [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809), "Dear Silvia", Hob. XXXIa no. 136, JHW. XXXII/2 no. 136. [text verified 1 time]
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chère Sylvia", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani
This text was added to the website: 2013-03-25
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Chère Sylvia laisse de côtés ces airs, Et laisse-moi partager tes baisers ; Pourquoi, après tant de labeur et de prières, Refuser le stendres béatitudes ? Alors laisse-moi presser ces lèvres si douces, Et comme l'abeille cueillir le miel ! Pour moi, le gain serait merveilleusement grand, Pour toi la perte serait peu de chose.
- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2014 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2014-11-25
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