March 8th, 2008

music

Lyrics quiz

This started out as one of those "quote lyrics from random songs in your MP3 player" quizzes. The songs that came up for me had a bit of an... international flair, if you will, so I took the liberty of translating the lyrics into English.

1. Joy, the beautiful spark of the gods, / Daughter of Elysium, / We enter, drunk with fire, / Heavenly, thy shrine. / Thy magic powers re-unite / What stringent custom divided; / All people will be brothers, / Where thy gentle wing abides.

2. Day of wrath! Day on which / The world will disintegrate into glowing ashes / As foretold by David and the Sibyl! / How great the quaking will be / When the judge comes / And strictly examines everyone! Guessed by dolique and sigma7

3. Ah, Fortune, / Like the moon / You are constantly changing, / Ever waxing / And waning; / Hateful life / First oppresses / And then soothes / As fancy takes it; / Poverty / And power / It melts them like ice. Guessed by dolique and sigma7

4. Blest, I may now look on thee, oh, my native land, / And gladly greet thy pleasant pastures; / Now I lay my pilgrim's staff aside to rest, / Because, faithful to God, I have completed my pilgrimage!

5. Oh, what frenzy! / Oh, what a crowd! / One at a time, please! / Hey, it's me! I'm here. / I'm here, I'm there, / I'm up, I'm down, / Swifter and swifter, I'm like a thunderbolt; / I'm the servant of the city. / Ah, great me! Great, greatest; / You'll never lack for luck! Guessed by hobbygeek

6. Love is a rebellious bird / That nobody can tame, / And you call him quite in vain / If it suits him not to come. / Nothing helps, neither threat nor prayer. / One man talks well, the other's mum; / It's the other one that I prefer. / He's silent but I like his looks. / Love! Love! Love! Love! Guessed by wheeler

7. Faithfully led, drawn there, / Where the blessing of love shall preserve you both! / Triumphant courage, the reward of love / Joins you in fidelity as the happiest couple. / Champion of virtue, proceed! / Jewel of youth, proceed! / You both have now escaped the roar of the feast, / You both have won the pleasure of the heart! / Fragrant room, decorated for love, / Now takes in you both, away from the splendor.

8. Jesus shall remain my gladness, / My heart's comfort and lifeblood, / Jesus fights all sorrow, / He is my life-force, / My eye's pleasure and sun, / My soul's treasure and bliss; / So let me not remove Jesus / From my heart and vision.

9. See! The gloomy remains of night / is cast off by the immense skies; / It seems like a widow who at last lays aside / The dark clothes that enveloped her. / To work! To work! / Ready, hammer. / Who brightens the gypsy man's day? / Who brightens the gypsy man's day? / Who brightens the day? / Who brightens the gypsy man's day? / The gypsy maiden!

10. None shall sleep! None shall sleep! / You too, o princess! / In your cold room, / Look at the stars / That tremble with love and with hope! / But my secret is hidden within me, / None will know my name! / No! No! On your mouth will I tell it / When the light shines! / And my kiss will dissolve the silence / That makes you mine! Guessed by dolique and sigma7

(Hint-- These songs get played so often that I can almost guarantee that you've heard every one of these in their original languages.)



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