by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

In dreams unhappy, I behold you stand
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT GER ITA
In dreams unhappy, I behold you stand
As heretofore:
The unremember'd tokens in your hand
Avail no more.

No more the morning glow, no more the grace,
Enshrines, endears.
Cold beats the light of time upon your face
And shows your tears.

He came and went. Perchance you wept awhile
And then forgot.
Ah me! but he that left you with a smile
Forgets you not.

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (David Paley) , "Im Traum", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Nei sogni", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
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Infeliç en els somnis, esguardo la teva...
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the English 
Infeliç en els somnis, esguardo la teva imatge
com he fet fins ara:
les oblidades penyores d’amor a la teva mà
ja no serveixen de res.

El color viu al matí, la gràcia,
ja no t’emparen ni et fan encisadora.
Gèlida, colpeja al teu rostre la llum del temps
i fa palesar les teves llàgrimes.

Ell vingué i marxà. Potser plorares una estona
i després l’oblidares.
Ai! Però aquell que et deixà amb un somriure,
no t’ha mai oblidat.

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Translation of title "In dreams" = "En somnis"


  • Translation from English to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2016 by Salvador Pila, (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.

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Text added to the website: 2016-02-11 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-02-11 18:12:19
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