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8 mélodies (1922-1982)

Word count: 159

Song Cycle by Georges-Louis Pantillon (1896 - 1992)

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6. Les papillons [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

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

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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Motýli"
  • 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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7. Noël [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

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

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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) (Emily Wyatt) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Le ciel est noir, la terre est blanche.
Cloches, carillonnez gaîment!
Jésus est né; la Vierge penche
Sur lui son visage charmant.
 
Pas de courtines festonnées
Pour préserver l'enfant du froid;
Rien que les toiles d'araignées
Qui Pendent des poutres du toit.
 
Il tremble sur la paille fraîche,
Ce cher petit enfant Jésus,
Et pour l'échauffer dans sa crèche
L'âne et le bœuf soufflent dessus.
 
La neige au chaume pend ses franges,
Mais sur le toit s'ouvre le Ciel,
Et, tout en blanc, le chœur des anges
Chante aux bergers: "Noël! Noël!"


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