by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

In moments to delight devoted
Language: English  after the Portuguese (Português) 
Available translation(s): FRE
In moments to delight devoted 
  «My life» with tenderest tone you cry;
Dear words! on which my heart had doted,
  If Youth could neither fade or die. 

To Death even hours like these must roll,
  Ah! then repeat those accents never;
Or change «my Life» into «my Soul»
  Which, like my Love, exists for ever. 

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, a Romaunt: and other Poems, seventh Edition, London: John Murray, 1814, page 245. Appears in Poems. See also Another Version, published 1832.

Note: in 1815, Byron wrote the following lines in Lady Lansdowne's album, at Bowood (a note by Mr Richard Edgecombe, in Notes and Queries, Sixth Series, vii. 46):

"In moments to delight devoted
⁠'My Life!' is still the name you give,
Dear words! on which my heart had doted
⁠Had Man an endless term to live.

But, ah! so swift the seasons roll
⁠That name must be repeated never,
For 'Life' in future say, 'My Soul,'
⁠Which like my love exists for ever.


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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824) , "Another Version", first published 1832 ; composed by Henry Deutsch de la Meurthe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870) , "Aus dem Portugiesischen", first published 1819 ; composed by Hans Hermann.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Ivan Ivanovich Kozlov (1779 - 1840) ; composed by Akhilles Nikolayevich Alferaki, César Antonovich Cui, Reinhold Moritzevich Glière, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2009-04-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 55