Le marchand de perles m'a dit
Language: French (Français)
Le marchand de perles m'a dit :
Ton front veut-il une couronne ?
Tout mon bazar qui resplendit,
Pour ta prunelle, je le donne.
Le marchand de roses reprit :
Laisse les perles chez l'orfèvre ;
Tout mon royaume qui fleurit,
Je l'échange contre ta lèvre.
Le poète au rêve étoilé
Dit à son tour : vivante flamme,
De ton cœur donne-moi la clé,
Et dans mes chants je te proclame.
Mais que m'importe aucun trésor ?
Je garde cœur, lèvre et prunelle
Pour quelqu'un n'ayant pas encor
Soupçonné ma plainte éternelle.
Perles, roses, vers, à mes yeux,
Cela ne vaut pas un grain d'orge.
Du bien-aimé j'aimerais mieux
Que l'étrier broyât ma gorge.
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Confirmed with Les nuits persanes par Armand Renaud, Paris, Alphonese Lemerre, 1870, pages 77-78.
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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)
- by Xavier Henri Napoleon Leroux (1863 - 1919), "Le délire", published c1886 [high voice and piano], from La Solitaire, mélodies Persanes de Armand Renaud, no. 2, Paris, Éd. G. Hartmann [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Youssef Khan Nazare-Aga, dit Kyna (1870 - 1942), "Délire", published 1906 [high voice and piano], from Les nuits persanes, no. 4, Paris, Éd. E. Demets [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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The pearl merchant said to me
Language: English after the French (Français)
The pearl merchant said to me:
“Does your forehead desire a crown?
I would give all my bazaar which shines
For your gaze.”
The rose merchant [retorted]:
“Leave the pearls at the smith’s;
I would trade all my realm which blooms
For your lips.”
The poet in the starry dream
Said on his walk: “Lively flame,
Give me the key to your heart
And I will extol you in my songs.”
But what does any treasure matter to me?
I am saving [my] heart, lips, and gaze
For someone [who has] not yet
Doubted my eternal complaint.
Pearls, roses, verse,
These are not worth a grain of barley to my eyes.
I would love best the sweetheart
Who crushes the stirrup [at] my throat.
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Translations of title(s):
"Délire" = "Delirium"
"Le délire" = "Delirium"
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2019 by Garrett Medlock, (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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- a text in French (Français) by Armand Renaud (1836 - 1895), "Délire", written 1870?, appears in Les nuits persanes, in 5. La solitaire, no. 3, Paris, Éd. Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1870
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Xavier Henri Napoleon Leroux, Youssef Khan Nazare-Aga, dit Kyna. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2019-05-02 00:00:00.
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