John Gay & An Air from The Beggar’s Opera (2)

Youth’s the Season Made for Joys” is one of the songs (Air XXII) from The Beggar’s Opera (see here)

Youth’s the season made for joys,
Love is then our duty;
She alone who that employs,
Well deserves her beauty.
Let’s be gay,
While we may,
Beauty’s a flower despis’d in decay.

Let us drink and sport to-day,
Ours is not tomorrow.
Love with youth flies swift away,
Age is nought but sorrow.
Dance and sing,
Time’s on the wing,
Life never knows the return of spring.

John Gay’s masterpiece The Beggar’s Opera’ was a 1728 ballad opera that used folk songs instead of classical arias, and two centuries later inspired Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera (1928).

This poem/song depicts the carpe diem theme: the fleeting nature of life and the need to embrace its pleasures when we can still do it.
Youth is the time of happiness and beauty, which is defined “ a flower despis’d in decay.” Therefore we should enjoy life while we are young because when we get old it is far more difficult. We should always remember that time passes quickly and youth will never come back.

La giovinezza è la stagione fatta per le gioie,
perciò l’amore è nostro dovere;
solo colei che la usa bene
merita la sua bellezza.
Stiamo allegri
mentre possiamo,
la bellezza è un fiore disprezzato quando avvizzisce.

Beviamo e divertiamoci oggi,
perché il domani non è nostro.
L’amore vola via rapidamente con la giovinezza,
l’età non è altro che dolore.
Balla e canta
perché il tempo vola
e la vita non conosce il ritorno della primavera.

(trad: L.Z.)

44 thoughts on “John Gay & An Air from The Beggar’s Opera (2)

  1. Le parole sono davvero belle e veritiere, il video è una bellissima ballata, musicalmente parlando l’ho anche paragonata al nostrano Roberto Vecchioni con la sua Samarcanda. Brava!!! Come sempre un’ottima scelta con un testo degno di nota. Buon pomeriggio 😉

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    1. Ti ringrazio molto; la ballata piace molto anche a me… e ti faccio notare che ha quasi trecento anni
      🎶🎶🎶
      Vecchioni e Samarcanda mi hanno ricordato la guida che avevamo in Uzbekistan e che, prima di entrare nella città, ci ha offerto in ascolto quella canzone 🌞🌞🌞

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  2. LUISA, it it’s so much fun thank you for the video I brought it with me out in the yard under the trees I.’m having breakfast with my blueberry waffles and confectioners sugar and unsalted butter WITH real blueberries under the umbrella this moment .I turned the sound up loud for the birds chirping in the tree and the cats came around three cats one is nearly blind they’re homeless and they’re all around me right now it’s beautiful I’m trying to take a picture of them but for some reason it won’t go I don’t know why , must be the sunlight or something but I want to let you know that not only humans can LOVE the video . thank you. very much , bless your heart always. sincerely Sharon💖

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    1. So happy to hear that, my dear friend 🙏🙏🙏
      Although I don’t have any cats at the moment, I did have them when I was a girl and I love them. Now I have three who come to the gardens: two are my neighbor’s cats and one is a beautiful blond cat who likes to be stroked only by me. It reminds me of Byron, the cat I had before I got married🐈🐈🐈

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    1. In my opinion ‘carpe diem’ is generally referred to youth, which runs away quickly, but it should be referred to every moment of our lives that must be fully enjoyed because it will never come back.
      A big hug 😘🤗😘

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