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Plaisir d'amour
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment ;
Chagrin d'amour dure toute la vie,
J'ai tout quitté pour l'ingrate Sylvie :
Elle me quitte, et prend un autre amant.
Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment ;
Chagrin d'amour dure toute la vie.

Tant que cette eau coulera doucement
Vers [le]1 ruisseau qui borde la prairie,
Je t'aimerai, me répétoit Sylvie :
L'eau coule encore ; elle a changé pourtant,
Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment ;
Chagrin d'amour dure toute la vie.

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Confirmed with Nouvelles de M. de Florian, third edition, Paris, P. Didot l'aîné, 1792, page 376. Note: the word "répétoit" can be modernized to "répétait" (stanza 2, line 3)

1 Martini: "ce"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , "Liebesfreud, Liebesleid" ; composed by Jean Paul Egide Martini, né Johann Paul Aegidius Schwarzendorf.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Jean Paul Egide Martini, né Johann Paul Aegidius Schwarzendorf.

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

  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) , "The pleasure of love", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Christine Füllemann , Rolf Rickenbacher

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 81

Liebesfreud, Liebesleid
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Oh Liebesfreud, wie schnell eilst du vorbei,
Oh Liebesleid, deine Schmerzen in Ewigkeit.
Verliess um dich, oh Geliebte, mein Heimatland,
Während dein Herz sich Rosen abgewandt.
Oh Liebesfreud, wie schnell eilst du vorbei,
Oh Liebesleid, deine Schmerzen in Ewigkeit.

Sanft fliesst das Bächlein plätschernd dahin,
Doch du, Geliebte, hörst nicht meine Melodie.
Ich werde dich lieben, immer und ewig dich lieben,
Wenn du auch grausam, so treulos mich verlassen.
Oh Liebesfreud, wie schnell eilst du vorbei,
Oh Liebesleid, deine Schmerzen in Ewigkeit.

Note: this text was gleaned by listening to Richard Tauber (1891-1948) singing the song on youtube.


Authorship

Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Research team for this text: Christine Füllemann , Rolf Rickenbacher

This text was added to the website: 2019-12-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 82