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Wianek – La Couronne (1934) FP69

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8 Chansons polonaises (FP69)

Wianek – La Couronne

Targa swéj wianeczek
W rzewnych łzach dziewczyna,
Że jej kochaneczek
Idzie do Lublina.
Bo w Lublinie są Krakusy,
Żwawe chłopcy i wiarusy.
‘Nie idź, nie idź Janku,
śmierć tam grozi tobie,
Czyż ja bez ustanku,
Płakać mam w żałobie?’
‘Uśmierz dziewczę swe katusze,
Ja Ojczyźnie służyć muszę.’
‘Więc ty z sobą razem,
Zabierz swą dziewczynę,
Jak zginiesz żelazem,
I ja z tobą zginę.’

The Head Wreath

Distressed maiden weeps
Pulls apart her head wreath,
Shedding tears for her beloved
Who departs for Lublin.
Cracovians stand in Lublin,
Jaunty fellows and old campaigners.
“John, do not go, please stay
your life will be in peril there,
Must I forever
Weep in mourning?”
“My maiden, soothe your pain and torment
I must serve my Country.”
“So, when you depart,
Take your maiden with you,
If you die by the sword,
I shall die with you.”

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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music.

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