Translation © by David Seay

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER SPA
Aimons-nous et dormons
Sans songer au reste du monde!
Ni le flot de la mer, ni l'ouragan des monts
Tant que nous nous aimons
Ne [courbera]1 ta tête blonde,
Car l'amour est plus fort
Que les Dieux et la Mort!

Le soleil s'éteindrait
Pour laisser ta blancheur plus pure,
Le vent qui jusqu'à terre incline la forêt,
En passant n'oserait
Jouer avec ta chevelure,
Tant que tu cacheras
Ta tête entre mes bras!

Et lorsque nos deux coeurs
S'en iront aux sphères heureuses
Où les célestes lys écloront sous nos pleurs,
Alors, comme deux fleurs,
Joignons nos lèvres amoureuses,
Et tâchons d'épuiser
La mort dans un baiser!

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1 or "courberont"


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):

  • ENG English (David Seay) , "Let us love", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Lieben, lieben wir uns und ruhen", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , copyright © 2020, (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: 107

Let us love
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Let us love, let us sleep,
Without thinking of the rest of the world!
Neither the waves of the sea, nor the storms in the mountains,
(As long as we're in love)
Can harm the blond crown of your head,
For love is much stronger
Than gods and than death!

The sun extinguishes
Just to leave thy fair skin pure.
The wind, blowing through earth's forests,
passes and does not dare
play with your hair.
All this! If you rest
Your head in my arms.

And when our two hearts 
Pass to blissful spheres,
Where celestial lilies blossom from our tears,
Then, like two flowers,
We'll lock our lips in love,
Seeking to deflect
Death in a kiss!


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2018 by David Seay, (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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This text was added to the website: 2018-02-09
Line count: 21
Word count: 118