by Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Man har et sagn ‑‑ et Eventyr
Language: Danish (Dansk) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Man har et sagn -- et Eventyr:
Hver Musling Dyr 
Der bygger i den dybe, salte Søe 
Naar det har skabt sin Perle maa det døe! 
[-- O]1 Kjærlighed, Du blev mit hjerte givet, 
[Og]2 Perlen koste vil sin Skabning Livet.

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1 in some editions, "Ja"
2 in some editions, "Men"


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Nous avons une légende -- un conte", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Leif Møller

This text was added to the website: 2012-05-20
Line count: 6
Word count: 40

Nous avons une légende ‑‑ un conte
Language: French (Français)  after the Danish (Dansk) 
Nous avons une légende -- un conte :
Chaque coquillage
Qui habite la profonde mer salée
Doit mourir après avoir créé sa perle !
-- Ô amour, Tu fus donné à mon cœur,
Et la perle veut la vie de son créateur.


  • Translation from Danish (Dansk) to French (Français) copyright © 2013 by Pierre Mathé, (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.

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This text was added to the website: 2013-09-07
Line count: 6
Word count: 40