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Deux chœurs pour 3 voix de femme avec violons et piano

Word count: 170

Song Cycle by Gottfried Mann (1858 - 1904)

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

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): CZE ENG

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  • 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"

Submitted by John Versmoren

2. Au bord de la mer [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): CZE

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La lune de ses mains distraites
A laissé choir, du haut de l'air,
Son grand éventail à paillettes
Sur le bleu tapis de la mer.

Pour le ravoir elle se penche
Et tend son beau bras argenté,
Mais l'éventail fuit sa main blanche,
Par le flot qui passe emporté.

Au gouffre amer, pour te le rendre,
Lune, j'irais bien me jeter,
Si tu voulais du ciel descendre,
Au ciel si je pouvais monter !


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