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Published on Mar 22, 2011
Main theme "Beauty and the Beast" from the Disney film, in Classical Latin: lyrics in description!
I do not own Beauty and the Beast or any of the music from the film. All is owned by Disney. This is for entertainment and educational purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.
Music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman, Claude Rigal-Ansous and Charles Aznavour
I have translated this song from the original English version and, where easier, from the two French versions. (I have translated its Italian version separately.) Unlike my other cover versions, I decided to include elision in this one (cutting off adjacent vowels as they did in genuine Latin poetry) as it is one of my favourite Disney songs and I wanted to do it justice (with the lyrics, at any rate, not my singing): hence why you can't hear every syllable when it's sung. The pronunciation, however, is based on Italian.
haec est pro Daisy, mea sodale latinae cui 'Bella et Bestia' est movimago praelata!
Lyrics and translation Fabula aeterna (eternal story) Quam verissima est (how very true it is) Duo corda nova (two strange hearts) Quae gesta furtiva (that secret gestures) Repente conlocant (suddenly put together) Mutatio parvula (a very little change) Parva discrimina (small differences) Timet utraque (both are afraid) Nec sunt paratae (and they are not prepared) Bella et Bestia (Beauty and the Beast) Semper eadem (ever the same) Semper novitas (ever strangeness) Semper ut ante (ever as before) Semper certior (ever more certain) Quam solis occasus (than the sunrise) Fabula aeterna (eternal story) Ut harmonia (like harmony) Amarum et dulce (bitter and sweet) Mutata videre (to see changes) Discere crimina (to learn the wrongs) Somniantes se parant (the dreamers are preparing themselves) Ut incipiant (to begin) Erant olim nobis (once upon a time for us there were) In fabulis aeternis (in eternal stories) Bella et Bestia (Beauty and the Beast)