by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Simon Chalifoux

La belle jeunesse
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Il fut s'aimer toujours 
Et ne s'épouser guère.
Il faut faire l'amour 
Sans curé ni notaire.

Cessez, messieurs, d'être épouseurs,
Ne visez qu'aux tirelires, 
Ne visez qu'aux tourelours,
Cessez, messieurs, d'être épouseurs,
Ne visez qu'aux coeurs 
Cessez, messieurs, d'être épouseurs,
Holà messieurs, ne visez plus qu'aux coeurs.

Pourquoi se marier, 
Quand la femme des autres
Ne se font pas prier 
Pour devenir les nôtres.
Quand leurs ardeurs,
Quand leurs faveurs,
Cherchent nos tirelires,
Cherchent nos tourelours,
Cherchent nos coeurs.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Goldene Jugend", 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 pretty young woman", 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: 20
Word count: 79

The pretty young woman
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
We only need to love each other
and never marry.
We must make love
without priest or notary.

Stop, sirs, don't marry!
Aim only for the cash;
Aim only for the pleasure.
Stop, sirs, don't marry,
Aim only for the hearts.

Why should we marry,
If we don't need to beg
The wives of other man
To become ours.

When their passions,
When their favors,
Look for our money,
Look for our pleasures,
Look for our hearts.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-09-26
Line count: 18
Word count: 77