Thou dawdl'd not bringing me fro Æther to Nether,
Still, duringly cling I on to this heather -
Dew-scentéd blossom; thou wast pristine,
The sweven of thee ne'er will I cede, my colleen.
Drat this creature of memories ill,
Foolhardy and fey I may be, yet him I shall quell.

'Vaunt! - Devil tyne -
Wadst thou wane fore'ermae;
Daunt - sinsyne thence,
Ta'en as a dint, Angélique?

Perforce and grinningly shall I maim in the vie -
Alas dastard! - hanging by the noose die.

'Vaunt! - Devil tyne -
Wadst thou wane fore'ermae;
Daunt - sinsyne thence,
Ta'en as a dint, Angélique?

'Come not wont to this uncouth Devil!,
Lest to a Devil thou wilt translate...my Angel.

'Vaunt! - Devil tyne -
Wadst thou wane fore'ermae;
Daunt - sinsyne thence,
Ta'en as a dint, Angélique?


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    General CommentI've translated the song as best I can. Of course you must take into account the context of the song to pinpoint exactly what some of the words truly mean (where they may mean something else), and I suppose only the song writer knows that. Therefore I have presumed what the context is from what I could find of the words meaning, and that presumption is that the song is about someone mourning the loss of his love to another man. As I said this may not be accurate, but here is what I could gather;

    You didn't dawdle bringing me from heaven to hell
    Still, I cling hard to this heather
    Dew-scented blossom; you were perfect,
    I'll never forget the vision of you, my maiden
    Damn this creature of bad memories
    I may be foolhardy and crazy, but I will vanquish him

    Boasting - Perish, Devil
    I would have you diminish forever
    Discouraged since that time
    Taken as a blow, Angélique?

    By force and with a grin on my face I shall injur (him) in the fight
    Alas coward! - die by the noose (possibly a reference to suicide)

    Boasting - Perish, Devil
    I would have you diminish forever
    Discouraged since that time
    Taken as a blow, Angélique?

    Do not accustom yourself to this crude Devil
    Or you shall become a Devil yourself...my Angel

    Boasting - Perish, Devil
    I would have you diminish forever
    Discouraged since that time
    Taken as a blow, Angélique?
    draigon September 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have no idea...yet I adore the song...it sounds great :) Would you please tell me what do you think of it?
    The Outsideron March 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere can we get a good Old English translation? :-)
    AmericanCoilon December 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's amazing how difficult it is to find out what all of these words mean.

    [Did I just sound as illiterate as I thought I did?]
    xxx_Rottenon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGiven that the album draws from a variety of folk lore, it could be based on the story of Marie-Joseph Angelique (known as Angelique) who was a Portuguese born black slave who was accused of burning down her owners home. It may be from the point of view of her lover, Claude Thibault.
    In reference to the noose, she was trialled and hung. A long shot?
    littlecthulhuon October 17, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationAngelica is also the name of the protagonist of Ludovico Ariosto's "Orlando furioso". I don't know what it exactly has to do with the song, though. XD

    Raymond said that the last stanza means something like "don't become fond of this devil, or you'll turn into one yourself", whereas in the previous stanza there is no suicide. Also, the speaker is a male character. Draig did a great job, really. :-)
    ale5875on April 28, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningAh, I'd forgotten: " 'vaunt" is short for "avaunt", which means "(go) away!". Had it been "vaunt", it wouldn't have had the apostrophe before it. ;-)
    ale5875on April 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTheatre of Tragedy is mostly in Old/Middle English, the following is my non-scholarly translation of the text of the song, with interpretative notations. Though there is another translation available I have made mine available as well in the hope of furthering conversation about this song. <3
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    "![Thou dawdl'd not] bringing me fro %[Aether] to ^[Nether],"
    ~![You did not hesitate] to bring me from %[clear upper air, can refer to heaven]
    ~to ^[under the earth's surface, can refer to hell, hel, or similar location]

    "Still, duringly cling I on to this $[heather] -"
    ~Even now, with endurance I hang on to this $[heather normally refers to small
    ~pink-purple flowers common on heathes in England and Scotland, though it
    ~can also refer to a a color which is flecked or mottled that seems out of place
    ~here. It may be worth noting that white heather refers to protection in some
    ~versions of Floriography.]

    "Dew-scented blossom; thou wast pristine,"
    ~Flower smelling of dew; you were pure/untainted,

    "The sweven of thee ne'er will I cede, my colleen."
    ~The dream of you I will never give up, my Irish girl.

    "Drat this creature of memories ill,"
    ~Damn/Confound this animal/created being/beast of bad memories,

    "Foolhardy and @fey I may be, yet #[him I shall quell]."
    ~Foolish and @fey has several meanings, the one that seems to me to fit best
    ~here is "fated to die" since it implies the speaker is aware the fight he
    ~contemplates is deadly dangerous, it could also mean 'under a spell'
    ~(Angelique's maybe?) or supernatural in the way of elves or fairies (which
    ~seems out of place here, to me.) I may be, but #[I will defeat him]

    *Chorus*:
    *'Vaunt! - Devil ![tyne] -
    ~Go away!(abbreviated from Avaunt) - Devil ![tyne can mean a sharp pointy
    ~part, prickle, or as a verb "to lose", I lean to the second meaning in
    ~command, similar to. "Just lose already, Devil!"]

    *Wadst thou ^[wane] fore'ermae;
    ~Were you ^[wane can mean "diminishing" in modern english, but means
    ~"thinking, judging" in mid-English, either makes a certain amount of sense, I
    ~do think I lean towards diminishing though, because of the following line]
    ~forever more;

    *Daunt - $[sinsyne] #[thence],
    ~Overcome with fear - $[from that time] #[from that time/place, I lean towards ~place for this one]

    *Ta'en as a dint, Angelique?
    ~Taken (here abbreviated) as a blow (or injury, maybe as insult), Angelique?


    "Perforce and grinningly shall I maim in the vie -"
    ~Necessarily and happily I will do physical injury [to him] in the fight -

    "^[Alas] &[dastard!] - hanging by the noose die."
    ~^[expression of dismay] &[sneaking coward] - perish from being hung .

    *Chorus*

    " 'Come not wont to this uncouth Devil!,"
    ~ Become (abbv.) not [do not become] accustomed to this unrefined Devil.

    "Lest to a Devil thou wilt translate...my Angel."
    ~Unless to a Devil you will change into ... my Angel.

    *Chorus*
    Kiamelnaruon January 27, 2013   Link

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