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Puisque l'aube grandit, puisque voici...

Language: French (Français)

Puisque l'aube grandit, puisque voici l'aurore,
Puisque, après m'avoir fui longtemps, l'espoir veut bien
Revoler devers moi qui l'appelle et l'implore,
Puisque tout ce bonheur veut bien être le mien,

C'en est fait à présent des funestes pensées,
C'en est fait des mauvais rêves, ah ! c'en est fait
Surtout de l'ironie et des lèvres pincées
Et des mots où l'esprit sans l'âme triomphait.

Arrière aussi les poings crispés et la colère
À propos des méchants et des sots rencontrés ;
Arrière la rancune abominable ! arrière
L'oubli qu'on cherche en des breuvages exécrés !

Car je veux, maintenant qu'un Être de lumière
A dans ma nuit profonde émis cette clarté
D'une amour à la fois immortelle et première,
De par la grâce, le sourire et la bonté,

Je veux, guidé par vous, beaux yeux aux flammes douces,
Par toi conduit, ô main où tremblera ma main,
Marcher droit, que ce soit par des sentiers de mousses
Ou que rocs et cailloux encombrent le chemin ;

Oui, je veux marcher droit et calme dans la Vie,
Vers le but où le sort dirigera mes pas,
Sans violence, sans remords et sans envie :
Ce sera le devoir heureux aux gais combats.

Et comme, pour bercer les lenteurs de la route,
Je chanterai des airs ingénus, je me dis
Qu'elle m'écoutera sans déplaisir sans doute ;
Et vraiment je ne veux pas d'autre Paradis.


Translation(s): ENG

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G. Fauré sets stanzas 1, 5, 7

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "Since day is breaking", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Since day is breaking

Language: English after the French (Français)

Since day is breaking, since dawn is here,
Since, having long eluded me, hope may
Fly back to me, who calls to it and implores it,
Since all this happiness will certainly be mine,



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I want, guided by you, [your] beautiful eyes [lit] by gentle flames,
Led by you, in whose hand my trembling hand [rests],
To march straight on, whether along trails of moss
Or on tracks strewn with boulders and stones;



[...]


And just as I'll comfort myself [during] the tediousness of the journey,
By singing some innocent airs, I'll tell myself
That she will hear me without displeasure or doubt;
And truly I want no other paradise.


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Translator's notes: Line 7-1: "I'll comfort myself": the French verb bercer usually implies rocking, as of a boat or a cradle.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), no title, appears in La bonne chanson, no. 4, first published 1870
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alphons Diepenbrock, Gabriel Fauré, Eugène-Émile Lacroix, Ernest Willem Mulder. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2016-02-08.
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