Translation by Jaroslav Vrchlický (1853 - 1912)

Maid of Athens, ere we part
Language: English 
Maid of Athens, ere we part,
Give, oh give me back my heart!
Or, since that has left my breast,
Keep it now, and take the rest!
Hear my vow before I go,
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.
 
By those tresses unconfined,
Woo'd by each Ægean wind;
By those lids whose jetty fringe
Kiss thy soft cheeks' blooming tinge;
By those wild eyes like the roe,
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.
 
By that lip I long to taste;
By that zone-encircled waist;
By all the token-flowers that tell
What words can never speak so well;
By love's alternate joy and woe,
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.
 
Maid of Athens! I am gone:
Think of me, sweet! when alone.
Though I fly to Istambol,
Athens holds my heart and soul:
Can I cease to love thee? No! 
Ζωή μου, σᾶς ἀγαπῶ.

J. Barnett sets stanzas 1, 4
J. Coulthard sets stanzas 1-2, 4

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Note: Byron translated the Greek refrain as "My life, I love thee." On the Coulthard score, it is translated "My soul, I love thee."

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

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Leopold Lenz.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870) , "Lied" CZE FRE ; composed by Hugo von Senger.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Wilhelm Herzberg.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Wilhelm Alexander Knappe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Eduard Lassen.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Carl Lührss.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Robert von Hornstein.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Alexander Winterberger.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE ; composed by Alexander Winterberger.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Giuseppina Turrisi Colonna (1822 - 1848) CZE FRE GER GER ; composed by Pietro Cimino.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CZE FRE GER GER ; composed by Vincenzo Puccita.

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Atheňanko, než dál jdem
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the English 
Atheňanko, dál než jdem,
rychle zpět mé srdce sem!
Zadržet je — marný spěch,
tak si je i se vším nech!
co ti mohu s bohem dát?
Žití moje, mám tě rád!

Při tvých kšticích, v zvůli své
egejský jež vítr rve,
při brvách, jichž stín se tměl
líbaje tvých líček běl,
zraku, jejž zřím srnou plát —
Žití moje, mám tě rád!

Při rtech, jež bych líbat chtěl,
tílku, jež jest plnost, běl,
při zárukách květů všech,
jež dí víc než ve slovech,
čím můž láska jásat, lkát —
Žití moje, mám tě rád!

Atheňanko! Musím jít,
plaň tvůj pro mne v dáli cit,
nechť jdu v Stambul po vlnách,
srdce, duše — v Athénách!
Lze žít a ne pro tě plát?
Žití moje, mám tě rád!

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Text added to the website: 2019-05-12 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-05-12 14:09:39
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