Que l’heure est donc brève (Delibes / A. Silvestre)
How fleeting the hour
This poem, a classic form called "rondeau", with only two rhymes and some repeated lines, was published in Migonne (No. 15). It has also been set in music by Jules Massenet and by Alain Jacques. Literal translation (AJ): How fleeting the hour Spent in loving! It’s less than a moment, A little longer than a dream.
Time takes away from us All our enchantments. How fleeting the hour Spent in loving!
Under the sleeping waters The beach was sighing; Did you really love me? Or was it only A little more than a dream? How fleeting the hour Spent in loving!
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