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Trois mélodies

Word count: 96

Song Cycle by Lucien Berton

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2. Sérénade [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): CZE ENG

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Žebřík lásky"
  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) , "Serenade", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Sur le balcon où tu te penches
Je veux monter... efforts perdus !
Il est trop haut, et tes mains blanches
N'atteignent pas mes bras tendus.

Pour déjouer ta duègne avare,
Jette [un collier, un ruban]1 d'or ;
Ou des cordes de ta guitare
Tresse une échelle, ou bien encor...

Ôte tes fleurs, défais ton peigne,
Penche sur moi tes cheveux longs,
Torrent de jais dont le flot baigne
Ta jambe ronde et tes talons.

Aidé par cette échelle étrange,
Légèrement je gravirai,
Et jusqu'au ciel, sans être un ange,
Dans les parfums je monterai !


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1 Viardot-García : "un ruban, un collier"

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