Plaisir d’amour

Something for the weekend.  Plaisir d’amour, “The Pleasure of Love”.  Written in 1780 by Jean Paul Egide Martini, it was orchestrally arranged by Hector Berlioz.  The haunting melody has always been a favorite of mine.

Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment.

chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.

  J’ai tout quitté pour l’ingrate Sylvie.

Elle me quitte et prend un autre amant.

  Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment.

chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.

  Tant que cette eau coulera doucement

vers ce ruisseau qui borde la prairie,

  Je t’aimerai me répétait Sylvie.

L’eau coule encore. Elle a changé pourtant.

  Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment.

chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.

The pleasure of love lasts only a moment

The pain of love lasts a lifetime.

  I gave up everything for ungrateful Sylvia,

She is leaving me for another lover.

  The pleasure of love lasts only a moment,

The pain of love lasts a lifetime.

  “As long as this water will run gently

Towards this brook which borders the meadow,

  I will love you”, Sylvia told me repeatedly.

The water still runs, but she has changed.

  The pleasure of love lasts only a moment,

The pain of love lasts a lifetime.

Like most Americans I first encountered the melody courtesy of Elvis Presley: (more…)

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Published in: on August 4, 2012 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Plaisir d’amour  
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