by Jean Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Air plaintif
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Faut-il qu'Amarillis périsse ?
Diane, apaise ton courroux ;
Par un horrible sacrifice
Peux-tu briser des noeuds si doux ?

Faut-il qu'Amarillis périsse, &c.

Ah ! si la timide innocence
Sur vos autels doit expirer,
Dieux ! quelle est donc la récompense
Que la vertu doit espérer ?

Faut-il qu'Amarillis périsse, &c.


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Plaintive Air
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Must Amaryllis then die?
Diana, appease your wrath.
Can you break apart such sweet chains
with such a horrible sacrifice?

Ah! if timid innocence must 
upon your altars perish,
gods! what then is the reward
which virtue can hope to receive?


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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-11
Line count: 8
Word count: 41