by Armand Silvestre (1837 - 1901)
Translation © by Peter Low

Que l'heure est donc brève
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Que l'heure est donc brève,
Qu'on passe en aimant !
C'est moins qu'un moment,
Un peu plus qu'un rêve.

Le temps nous enlève
Notre enchantement.
Que l'heure est donc brève,
Qu'on passe en aimant!

Sous le flot dormant
Soupirait la grève ;
M'aimais-tu vraiment ?
Fût-ce seulement
Un peu plus qu'un rève ?...
-- Que l'heure est donc brève,
Qu'on passe en aimant !

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Jules Massenet.

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

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "How brief the hour", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nathalie Senf) , copyright © 2014, (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: 15
Word count: 63

How brief the hour
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 How brief is the hour
 that we spend in loving!
 it's less than a moment,
 a little longer than a dream.
 
 Time takes away from us
 all our enchantments.
 How brief is the hour
 that we spend in loving!
 
 Under the sleeping waves
 the beach kept on sighing;
 Did you really love me?
 Did you, if only for
 a little longer than a dream?
 How brief is the hour
 that we spend in loving!

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2002 by Peter Low, (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 between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 75