Pauline Viardot L’absence / The absence

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L’Absence     from a spanish folk poem

Aux longs tourments de l’absence
Le seul remède est mourir
Dans la triste indifférence
Pourquoi si longtemps languir ?
Sans repos, sans espérance ?
Est-ce vivre que souffrir ?

Lorsque je tiens ma promesse,
Ingrat, de t’aimer toujours,
Peut-être une autre maitresse
T’enivre d’autres amours.
C’est hélas! trop de souffrance,
Je sens mon coeur défaillir.

Absence   translation by Philipp Vogler

In long agonies of absence
The only remedy is to die
In sad indifference
Why shall I yearn for such a long time?
Without rest, without hope?
Does living mean suffering?

When I stand by my promise,
You ungrateful, to always love you,
Perhaps another mistress
Makes you besotted of other loves.
It is, alas! too much pain,
I feel my heart fainting.


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