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Language: English

The moon is a curving flower of gold,
   The sky is still and blue;
The moon was made for the sky to hold,
   And I for you.

The moon is a flower without a stem,
   The sky is luminous;
Eternity was made for them,
   To-night for us.

Translation(s): FRE

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Confirmed with Sara Teasdale, Love Songs, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1917, page 59.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Cette nuit", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-02-13.
Last modified: 2015-10-13 15:52:21
Line count: 8
Word count: 47

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Cette nuit

Language: French (Français) after the English

La lune est une fleur d'or arrondie,
  Le ciel est calme et bleu ;
La lune fut créée pour que le ciel la possède,
  Et moi pour que ce soit toi.

La lune est une fleur sans tige,
  Le ciel est lumineux ;
L'Éternité fut créée pour eux,
  Cette nuit pour nous.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933), "To-Night", appears in Love Songs, first published 1917
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): John G. Barnett, Nika Leoni, James Houston Spencer. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-10-13.
Last modified: 2015-10-13 15:52:05
Line count: 8
Word count: 52