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Guitare

by Georges Bizet From Feuilles d'album (1866)

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Guitare
French source: Victor Hugo

Comment, disaient-ils,
Avec nos nacelles,
Fuir les alguazils?
– Ramez, disaient-elles.

Comment, disaient-ils,
Oublier querelles,
Misère et périls?
– Dormez, disaient-elles.

Comment, disaient-ils,
Enchanter les belles
Sans philtres subtils?
– Aimez, disaient-elles.

Guitar
English translation © Richard Stokes

How, said the men,
in our small craft
can we flee the alguazils?
– Row, said the women.

How, said the men,
can we forget feuds,
poverty and peril?
– Sleep, said the women.

How, said the men,
can we bewitch the fair
without rare potions?
– Love, said the women.

Translations by Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

Guitare
French source: Victor Hugo

Guitar
English source: Richard Stokes

Comment, disaient-ils,
How, said the men,
Avec nos nacelles,
in our small craft
Fuir les alguazils?
can we flee the alguazils?
– Ramez, disaient-elles.
– Row, said the women.

Comment, disaient-ils,
How, said the men,
Oublier querelles,
can we forget feuds,
Misère et périls?
poverty and peril?
– Dormez, disaient-elles.
– Sleep, said the women.

Comment, disaient-ils,
How, said the men,
Enchanter les belles
can we bewitch the fair
Sans philtres subtils?
without rare potions?
– Aimez, disaient-elles.
– Love, said the women.

Composer

Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the Romantic era. Best known for his operas in a career cut short by his early death, Bizet achieved few successes before…

Poet

Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry and then from his novels and his…

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