by Charles Jean Grandmougin (1850 - 1930)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG GER SPA
Vous me demandez de me taire,
De fuir loin de vous pour jamais,
Et de m'en aller, solitaire,
Sans me rappeler qui j'aimais!

Demandez plutôt aux étoiles
De tomber dans l'immensité,
À la nuit de perdre ses voiles,
Au jour de perdre sa clarté,

Demandez à la mer immense
De dessécher ses vastes flots,
Et, quand les vents sont en démence,
D'apaiser ses sombres sanglots!

Mais n'espérez pas que mon âme
S'arrache à ses âpres douleurs
Et se dépouille de sa flamme
Comme le printemps de ses fleurs!


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

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Always", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Always", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Ewig", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alberto Bonati) , "Siempre", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 88

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 You ask me to be quiet,
 to flee from you forever to a distant place,
 and to depart alone
 without thinking of the one whom I love!
 You might more easily ask the stars
 to fall from the sky,
 or the night to lift its veils,
 or the day to rid itself of its brightness!
 Ask the immense ocean
 to dry up its vast waters,
 and, when the winds are raging dementedly,
 ask them to calm their dismal sobbing!
 But do not hope that my soul
 can uproot its sorrow
 and douse its flame
 as the spring-time can shed its flowers!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 102