by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Simon Chalifoux

Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Avec une si belle main,
Que servent tant de charmes,
Que vous tenez du dieu malin,
Bien manier les armes.
Et quand cet Enfant est chagrin 
Bien essuyer ses larmes.


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

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  • ENG English (Simon Chalifoux) , "Serenade", 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: 30

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
With a hand so beautiful,
That offers so many charms,
That you received from the malicious god,
You must handle a weapon well.
And when that child is sad
Wipe all of its tears.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-09-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 34