by Carl Ewald (1856 - 1908)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Naar Døden kommer
Language: Danish (Dansk) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Naar Døden kommer, kommer du -
du Livets røde Lys, Lenore.
Og Døden dør i samme Nu 
for dine glade Øjne store.

Saa er jeg Dødens ej men din.
Og ingen Taarer, ingen Klagelæg 
blot din røde Mund paa min,
og tag din Sjæl tilbage.

Saa har jeg seet for sidste Gang min 
Elskerindes Øje straale,
og hvad jeg synded, hvad jeg sang,
de andre veje maa og maale.

Men du vil stundom tænke paa,
naar Natten falder for din Rude,
blufærdige Violer blaa, 
som duftede derude.

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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Eugen von Enzberg (1858 - 1908) , "Und kommt der Tod", first published 1899 FRE ; composed by Christian Sinding.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Quand viendra la mort", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Quand viendra la mort
Language: French (Français)  after the Danish (Dansk) 
Quand viendra la mort, tu viendras
Quand viendra la mort, tu viendras,
toi, rouge lumière de la vie, Lenore.
Et la mort mourra à l'instant
devant l'éclat de tes grands yeux.

Je ne serai alors  pas à la mort, mais à toi.
Et il n'y aura aucune larme, aucune plainte,
juste ta bouche rouge sur la mienne,
et tu reprendras ton âme.

Ainsi j'aurai vu pour la dernière fois
briller les yeux de ma bien-aimée.
et ce que j'ai commis, ce que j'ai chanté,
les autres pourront le peser et le mesurer.

Alors parfois tu songeras,
Lorsque tombera la nuit  devant ta fenêtre
aux chastes violettes bleues
qui embaumaient dehors.

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  • Translation from Danish (Dansk) to French (Français) copyright © 2018 by Pierre Mathé, (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: 2018-10-28
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Word count: 110