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Speak to me, my love! Tell me in words what you sang. The night is dark. The stars are lost in clouds. The wind is sighing through the leaves. I will let loose my hair. My blue cloak will cling round me like [night]1. I will clasp your head to my bosom; And there in the sweet loneliness murmur on your heart. I will shut my eyes and listen. I will not look in your face. When your words are ended, we will sit still and silent. Only the trees will whisper in the dark. The night will pale. The day will dawn. We shall look at each other's eyes and go on our different paths. Speak to me, my love! Tell me in words what you sang.
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1 Bridge: "the night"
- by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), no title, appears in The Gardener, no. 29, first published 1915 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941), "Speak to me, my love!", 1922 [voice and piano or orchestra] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ann Marie Callaway (b. 1949), "Speak to me, my love", 2001 [soprano, bass, chorus, and piano], from Songs From the Gardener, no. 4 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Matthew Emery (b. 1991), "Speak to me my love ", 2012, first performed 2013 [SATB chorus a cappella], Houston, Alliance Music AMP-0929 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Margaret Carter Metcalf (d. 1957), "Speak to me, my love!", 1921 [high voice and piano], from Four Poems, no. 4 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Parle-moi, mon amour !", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 21
Word count: 128
Parle-moi, mon amour ! Dis-moi avec des mots ce que tu chantais. La nuit est sombre. Les étoiles sont perdues dans les nuages. Le vent soupire à travers les feuilles. Je relâcherai mes cheveux. Mon manteau bleu s'accrochera autour de moi comme la nuit. Je serrerai ta tête sur ma poitrine ; Et là dans la douce solitude Je murmurerai sur ton cœur. Je fermerai les yeux et écouterai. Je ne regarderai pas ton visage. Quand tes paroles seront terminées, Nous nous assiérons immobiles et silencieux. Seuls les arbres chuchoteront dans l'obscurité. La nuit pâlira. Le jour se lèvera. Nous nous regarderons dans les yeux Et nous irons sur nos chemins différents. Parle-moi, mon amour ! Dis-moi avec des mots ce que tu chantais.
- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2016 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.
- a text in English by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), no title, appears in The Gardener, no. 29, first published 1915
This text was added to the website: 2016-02-08
Line count: 21
Word count: 124