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Séparation (1848)

Séparation

Pars, et nous oublie ;
Ne suis point mes pas.
Reste, ô mon amie,
Ou je suivrai tes pas.
Fortune ennemie
M'arrache de tes bras,
Mon cœur, ma vie
S'en vont quand tu t'en vas.
En vain m'implore
Celui qui j'adore ;
Celui qui m'adore
J'avais su le charmer.
Les Dieux qui, pour charmer,
T'ont fait naître si belle
Ne veulent pas, cruelle,
Que ton cœur sache aimer.
Chopin, no. 6 from 12 Mazurkas
for voice and piano,
arr. Viardot

Separation

Depart and forget us,
Do not follow my steps.
Remain, O my love,
Or I shall follow you.
Hostile fate
Wrenches me from your arms,
My heart, my life
Vanish when you leave.
The one I adore
Beseeches me in vain;
The one I adore –
I knew how to beguile him.
The gods who created you so fair,
That you might beguile,
Do not wish your heart,
O cruel one, to love.

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Pauline Viardot was a leading nineteenth-century French mezzo-soprano, pedagogue, and composer of Spanish descent.


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