by Eugène Manuel (1823 - 1901)
Translation © by Jordyn Elizabeth Beranek

Si vous voulez chanter
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Si vous voulez chanter,
il faut croire d'abord!
croire en Dieu qui créa le monde 
et l'harmonie qui d'un de ses rayons
allume son genie
et se revèle à lui 
dans le plus humble accord,
si vous voulez chanter,
il faut croire d'abord, 

si vous voulez combattre,
il faut croire d'abord, 
il faut que le lutteur affirme la justice, 
il faut pour le devoir qu'il s'offr' en sacrifice
et qu'il soit le plus pur 
s'il n'est pas le plus fort, 
si vous voulez combattre,
il faut croire d'abord, 

si vous voulez aimer,
il faut croire d'abord, 
croire d l'âme immortelle aux amours infinies
pour la terre et le ciel également bénies
croire au serment sacré
qui survit à la mort. 
Si vous voulez aimer
il faut croire d'abord.

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Viatique
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
If you want to sing,
It is necessary to believe first!
To believe in God who created the world
and the harmony that one of its rays
lights his genius
and reveals itself to him in the most humble agreement.
If you want to sing,
it is necessary to believe first!

If you want to fight,
it is necessary to believe first,
it is necessary that the fighter affirm the justice,
it is necessary to offer itself in sacrifice
and that it is the most pure
if it is not the most strong.
If you want to fight,
it is necessary to believe first!

If you want to love,
it is necessary to believe first,
To believe in the immortal soul, of infinite love
from the earth and from the sky
equally blessed
to believe in the sacred oath
that survives death.
If you want to love,
It is necessary to believe first!

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This text was added to the website: 2013-03-25
Line count: 25
Word count: 153