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El desdichado (Chanson Espagnole a deux voix) (1871)

El desdichado (Chanson Espagnole a deux voix)

Qué me importa que florezca
El arbol de mi esperanza,
Si se marchitan las flores,
Y jamas el fruto cuaja. Ha!
Dicen que el amor es gloria,
Y yo digo que es infierno.
Pues siempre estan los amantes
En un continuo tormento! Ay!
El feliz y el desdichado,
Suspiran con diferencia:
Unos publican sus gustos,
Yotros publican suspenas. Ha!


It matters not to me whether
The tree of ruined hopes blossoms,
If God wishes it to wither
Without ever bearing fruit.
They say love is intoxication!
But I pity those it oppresses.
Look at the poor lovers
In their eternal torment!
Day and night their hearts are downing
In sighs and tears!
One sighs with joy,
And the other with sorrow

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