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Il m'est cher, Amour, le bandeau

Language: French (Français)

        Fulcite me floribus.

Il m'est cher, Amour, le bandeau
Qui me tient les paupières closes ;
Il pèse comme un doux fardeau
De soleil sur de faibles roses.

Si j'avance, l'étrange chose !
Je parais marcher sur les eaux ;
Mes pieds trop lourds où je les pose,
S'enfoncent comme en des anneaux.

Qui donc a délié dans l'ombre
Le faix d'or de mes longs cheveux ?
Toute ceinte d'étreintes sombres,
Je plonge en des vagues de feu.

Mes lèvres où mon âme chante,
Toute d'extase et de baiser
S'ouvrent comme une fleur ardente
Au-dessus d'un fleuve embrasé.

Translation(s): DUT ENG GER

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Confirmed with van Lerberghe, Charles, Entrevisions, suivi de Poèmes posthumes, Paris, G. Crès, 1923, pages 83-84.

Submitted by Didier Pelat


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Pieter van der Woel) , "De liefde, de band, is me kostbaar", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "It’s dear to me, my love, the blindfold", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Teuer ist mir das Band, Geliebter", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-05-08 21:06:06

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Word count: 99

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It’s dear to me, my love, the blindfold

Language: English after the French (Français)

    Fulcite me floribus.

It is dear to me, my love: the blindfold
That holds my eyelids closed;
It weighs like the sweet burden
Of sun on delicate roses.

If I advance, how strange!
I seem to walk on water;
My too-heavy feet, wherever I step
Sink as if into rings.

Then who has untied, in the shade,
The golden weight of my long tresses?
Completely enveloped by dark embraces,
I plunge into waves of fire.

My lips, where my soul sings
Completely of extasy and kisses,
Open themselves like an ardent flower
Above a flaming river.

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Translator's note: The quote in line 1, "Fulcite me floribus", means "Surround me with flowers" and comes from the Song of Solomon 2:5 (from the Latin Vulgate).


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2016 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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