by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot (1787 - 1874)

Music to hear, why hear'st thou music...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FIN ITA
Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lovest thou that which thou receivest not gladly,
Or else receivest with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tunèd sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing.
  Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
  Sings this to thee: "Thou single wilt prove none."

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  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Albert Verwey (1865 - 1937) ; composed by Johannes Röntgen.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Claude Duboscq (1897 - 1938) ; composed by Claude Duboscq.
  • Also set in Hungarian (Magyar), a translation by Lőrinc Szabó (1900 - 1957) , "Shakespeare szonettjeiből VIII", first published 1921? ; composed by Viktor Vaszy.
  • Also set in Japanese (日本語), a translation by Tsubouchi Shōyō (1859 - 1935) ; composed by Elliot Weisgarber.
  • Also set in Romanian (Română), a translation by Ion Frunzetti ; composed by Nicolae Coman.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Samuil Yakovlevich Marschak (1887 - 1964) , "Сонет VIII" ; composed by Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky.

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Toi dont la voix est une musique,...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Toi dont la voix est une musique, pourquoi écoutes-tu tristement la musique? 
les douceurs ne font pas la guerre aux douceurs, la joie prend plaisir à la joie. 
Pourquoi aimes-tu ce que tu ne reçois pas volontiers?
ou pourquoi reçois-tu avec plaisir ce qui te déplaît? 
si le véritable accord de sons harmonieux, 
mariés par une heureuse union, blesse ton oreille, 
ils ne font que te reprendre doucement, toi qui confonds 
dans ton chant solitaire les parties que tu devrais entonner. 
Vois comme les cordes doucement unies ensemble 
se frappent mutuellement dans une harmonie réciproque, 
comme un père, un enfant et une heureuse mère 
qui chantent ensemble le même air délicieux, 
et dont le chant sans paroles multiples et cependant 
me semble te dire ceci: »Toi qui es seule, tu seras comme si tu n'étais pas!«

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Text added to the website: 2009-01-22 00:00:00
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