by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Aime celui qui t'aime, et sois heureuse...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Aime celui qui t'aime, et sois heureuse en lui.
- Adieu! - sois son trésor, ô toi qui fus le nôtre !
Va, mon enfant béni, d'une famille à l'autre.
Emporte le bonheur et laisse-nous l'ennui !

Ici, l'on te retient ; là-bas, on te désire.
Fille, épouse, ange, enfant, fais ton double devoir.
Donne-nous un regret, donne-leur un espoir,
Sors avec une larme ! entre avec un sourire ! 

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2008-01-10
Line count: 8
Word count: 70

Love him who loves you, and be happy in...
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Love him who loves you, and be happy in him.
Farewell! Be his treasure, you who have been ours!
Go, my blessed child, from one family to the other.
Carry away happiness and leave us our troubles!

Here, we hold you back; yonder, you are desired.
Daughter, wife, angel, child, perform your double duty.
Give us a regret, give them hope.
Leave with a tear! Enter with a smile!

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Translations of title(s):
"À une fiancée" = "To a betrothed woman"
"Aime celui qui t'aime" = "Love him who loves you"
"15 Février 1843" = "February 15, 1843"
"Épithalame" = "Epithalamium"
"Adieu: Aime celui qui t'aime" = "Farewell: Love him who loves you"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-04-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 69