by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Simon Chalifoux

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Au dieu d'Amour une pucelle
Offrit un jour une chandelle,
Pour en obtenir un amant.
Le dieu sourit de sa demande
Et lui dit: Belle en attendant
Servez-vous toujours de l'offrande.


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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Die Opfergabe", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ENG ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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

  • ENG English (Simon Chalifoux) , "The offering", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Matthias Fletzberger

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 31

The offering
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
To the god of Love, a virgin
One day offered a candle
Hoping to obtain a lover.
The god heard the request,
And replied, "Beauty, while waiting,
Make good use of this offering."


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2013 by Simon Chalifoux, (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: 2013-09-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 33