Translation © by Pierre Mathé

So we'll go no more a‑roving
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
So we'll go no more a-roving
  So late into the night,
Though the heart be [still]1 as loving,
  And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears [the]2 sheath,
  And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart [must pause to breathe]3,
  And Love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
  And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a-roving
  By the light of the moon.

About the headline (FAQ)

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Included in a letter to Thomas Moore on February 28, 1817
See also Henley's "We'll go no more a-roving"
1 Armstrong, White: "ne'er"
2 Chávez: "its"
3 Armstrong, White: "itself must pause"


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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Louis Hennevé ; composed by Maude Valérie White.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Emil R. H. Friebel.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "So werden wir nicht mehr schweifen", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 75

Ainsi nous n'irons plus errer
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Ainsi nous n'irons plus errer
    Si tard dans la nuit,
Bien que nos cœurs soient [encore]¹ si aimants
    Et la lune encore si radieuse.

Car l'épée élime [le]² fourreau
    Et l'âme use la poitrine,
Et le cœur doit faire une pause pour respirer,
   Et même l'amour doit se reposer.

Bien que la nuit fût faite pour aimer
    Et que le jour revienne trop vite,
Nous n'irons plus errer
    À la lumière de la lune.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Reminiscences" = "Reminiscences"
"Serenade" = "Sérénade"
"No more" = "Plus"
"So we'll go no more a-roving" = "Ainsi nous n'irons plus errer"
"No more a-roving" = "Plus errer"
"We'll go no more a-roving" = "Nous n'irons plus errer"
"Love's rest" = "Repos de l'amour"

¹ Armstrong, White : "jamais" ² Chávez: "son"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-08
Line count: 12
Word count: 74