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Mayerke, mon fils O, Mayerke, mon fils, Devant qui te trouves-tu là? "Devant lui, Rois des Rois, et seul Roi", père mien. Mayerke, mon fils, O, Mayerke, mon fils, Et que lui demandes-tu là? "Des enfants, longue vie et mon pain", père mien. Mayerke, mon fils, O, Mayerke, mon fils, Mais me dis, pourquoi des enfants? "Aux enfants on apprend la Thora", père mien. Mayerke, mon fils, O, Mayerke, mon fils, Mais me dis, pourquoi longue vie ? "Ce qui vit chante gloire au Seigneur", père mien Mayerke, mon fils, O, Mayerke mon fils, Mais tu veux encore du pain? "Prends ce pain, nourris-toi, bénis-le", père mien
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937), "Chanson hébraïque", 1910, from Quatre chanson populaires, no. 4, also set in Multiple Languages [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "Hebrew song", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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"Mayerke, my son, oh Mayerke, my son, Before whom do you find yourself?" "Before Him, King of Kings, and the only King, my father." "Mayerke, my son, oh Mayerke, my son, And what are you demanding of him?" "Children, long life, and my bread, my father." "Mayerke, my son, oh Mayerke, my son, But tell me, why children?" "To children, one teaches the Torah, my father." "Mayerke, my son, oh Mayerke, my son, But tell me, why long life?" "That which lives sings the glory of the Lord, my father." "Mayerke, my son, oh Mayerke, my son, But you also want some bread?" "Take this bread, eat it, bless it, my father."
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2013 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2013-06-28
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