by Adam Mickiewicz (1798 - 1855)
Translation © by Jennifer Gliere

Moja pieszczotka gdy w wesołej chwili
Language: Polish (Polski) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Moja pieszczotka gdy w wesołej chwili,
Pocznie szczebiotać i kwilić i gruchać :
Tak mile grucha, szczebioce i kwili,
Że nie chcąc słówka żadnego postradać,
Nie śmiem przerywać, nie śmiem odpowiadać,
I tylko chciałbym słuchać, słuchać, słuchać.

Lecz mowy żywość gdy oczki z apali,
I pocznie mocniej jagody różować,
Perłowe ząbki błysną śród korali :
Ach! wtenczas śmielej w oczęta poglądam,
Usta pomykam i słuchać nie żądam,
Tylko całować, całować, całować.

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Confirmed with Dzieła Adama Mickiewicza, Volume 1, Paris, Księgarnia Luxemburgska, 1876, page 191.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • ENG English (Jennifer Gliere) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Ferdinand Gumbert) , "Meine Freuden"
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Wilhelm Henzen) , "Meine Freuden"
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Georg Friedrich Reiß) , "Meine Freuden"

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 71

My darling, when in a joyous moment
Language: English  after the Polish (Polski) 
My darling, when in a joyous moment
You begin to chatter and wail and coo,
Such lovely cooing, chattering and wailing 
Not wanting to miss a single word,
I dare not interrupt, I dare not respond,
I only wish to listen!

But when the vividness of speech lights your eyes
And rosies the berries more intensely
Pearly teeth shine among corals,
Ah! then I will look boldly in your eyes
I hurry my lips and to do not demand to listen,
Only to kiss!

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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 84