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Album of six songs

Word count: 67

Song Cycle by Theophile-Jules-Henri Marzials (1850 - 1920)

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4. Papillons blancs [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG ENG GER ITA ITA

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  • ENG English (Peter Low) , no title, copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Les papillons couleur de neige
Volent par essaims sur la mer;
Beaux papillons blancs, quand pourrai-je
Prendre le bleu chemin de l'air?

Savez-vous, ô belle des belles,
Ma bayadère aux yeux de jais,
S'ils me [pouvaient]1 prêter leurs ailes,
Dites, savez-vous où j'irais?

Sans prendre un seul baiser aux roses,
À travers vallons et forêts,
J'irais à vos lèvres mi-closes,
Fleur de mon âme, et j'y mourrais.


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Note: titled "Pantoum" in L'Eldorado and Fortunio.

1 in some settings, "voulaient"

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