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La nuit était tranquilleet ténébreuse; à...

Language: French (Français)

La nuit était [tranquille] et ténébreuse; à peine, 
Quelques [étoiles d'or illuminaient]2 l'ébène
  De ses grands cheveux déroulés,
[Qui sur mon cher amour, douce face éblouie,
Et tout comme une fleur du soir épanouie]3,
  Secouaient des parfums ailés.

Nous marchions tous les deux dans une extase telle
Que les anges trônant dans leur gloire immortelle
  N'en savant pas la volupté,
Et que le bruit divin de leurs luths est, je pense,
Moins doux qu'un amoureux et qu'un profond silence
  Par une sombre nuit d'été.

Et notre jeune amour, naissant de nos pensées,
S'éveillait sur le lit de cent roses glacées
  Qui n'avaient respiré qu'un jour ;
Et moi, je lui disais, pâle et tremblant de fièvre,
[Qu'on nous verrait mourir]4 le sourire à la lèvre,
  En même temps que notre amour.

Translation(s): CAT ENG

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E. Chausson sets stanzas 1, 3

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1 Chausson: "pensive"
2 Chausson: "épingles d'or scintillaient dans"
3 Chausson: "Qui, sur nous, sur la mer lointaine et sur la terre/ Ensevelie en un sommeil plein de mystère"
4 Chausson: "Que nous mourrions tous deux,"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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The night was calm and full of shadows....

Language: English after the French (Français)

The night was calm and full of shadows. A scant 
few golden stars lit up the ebony sky. 
Perfumed wings of masses of unbound hair 
rolled over my dear love, sweet bedazzled face, 
like an evening flower in full bloom. 

We both walked in an ecstasy 
like that of angels enthroned in immortal glory 
and unaware of the depth of their bliss 
and of how the divine sound of their lutes is, I think,
less sweet than a lover and a deep silence 
in a dark summer night. 

And our young love, born of our thoughts, 
awakened on the bed of a hundred frozen roses 
that had only breathed for one day. 
And I told her, pale and shaking with fever, 
that they would see us die smiling 
at the same time as our love.

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Translation of title "Nocturne" = "Nocturne"


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