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Mon bras pressait ta taille frêle

Language: French (Français)

Mon bras pressait ta taille frêle 
Et souple comme [le]1 roseau;
Ton sein palpitait comme l'aile
D'un jeune oiseau!

Longtemps muets, nous contemplâmes
Le ciel où s'éteignait le jour.
Que se passait-il dans nos âmes?
Amour! Amour!

Comme un ange qui se dévoile,
Tu me regardais, dans ma nuit,
Avec ton beau regard d'étoile,
Qui m'éblouit.

Translation(s): ENG

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E. Lalo sets stanzas 3, 1-2

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1 Lalo: "un"

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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) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-04-04 21:42:02
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My arm squeezed your waist, fragile

Language: English after the French (Français)

My arm squeezed your waist, fragile 
And supple like [the]1 reed;
Your breast beat like the wing
Of a young bird!

Mute for a long time, we contemplated
The [part of the] sky where the daylight died away.
What was happening in our souls?
Love! Love!

Like an angel who removes its veil,
You looked at me, in my night,
With your beautiful star-like gaze,
Which dazzled me.

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1 Lalo: "a"


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885), "Mon bras pressait ta taille frêle", written 1834, appears in Les contemplations, in 2. Livre deuxiême -- L'âme en fleur, no. 10
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Max Arham, Gary Bachlund, Maxime Belliard, Bernard van Dieren, Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, Albert Huybrechts, Louis Lacombe, Edouard Lalo, Charles-Gaston Levadé, Marcel Mihalovici, Charles Marie Jean Albert Widor. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-04-04.
Last modified: 2016-04-05 08:14:11
Line count: 12
Word count: 68