by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)
Translation by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)

Bid me to live, and I will live
Language: English 
Bid me to live, and I will live
  Thy Protestant to be:
Or bid me love, and I will give
  A loving heart to thee.

A heart as soft, a heart as kind,
  A heart as sound and free,
As in the whole world thou canst find,
 That heart I'll give to thee.

Bid that heart stay, and it will stay,
  To honour thy Decree:
Or bid it languish quite away,
  And 't shall doe so for thee.

Bid me to weep, and I will weep,
  While I have eyes to see:
And having none, yet I will keep
  A heart to weep for thee.

Bid me despair, and I'll despair,
  Under that cypress-tree:
Or bid me die, and I will dare
  E'en Death, to die for thee.

Thou art my life, my love, my heart,
The very eyes of me:
And has command of ev'ry part,
To live and die for thee.

J. Carpenter sets stanzas 1-2, 5

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Dis‑moi d'aimer
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Dis-moi de vivre, et je vivrai
  Pour n'adorer que toi,
Dis-moi d'aimer, et je vous donne
  Un coeur qui n'est qu'amour;

Un coeur si pur, un coeur si sûr.
  Un coeur si plein de toi,
Qu'il n'en est pas un seul au monde,
  Qui t'aime autant que moi.
















Dis-moi d'attendre, et j'attendrai
  En bénissant ta loi,
Ou si tu veux que je me meure,
  Je vais mourir pour toi.

J. Carpenter sets stanzas 1-2, 5

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Researcher for this text: Geoffrey Wieting

Text added to the website: 2003-11-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:58
Line count: 12
Word count: 69