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Les étoiles

Language: French (Français)

Au fond des paradis lunaires,
Suspendus dans l'azur changeant,
Sont de magiques luminaires :
Les étoiles aux yeux d'argent.

Depuis toujours qu'elles demeurent
Et veillent immuablement,
Pour Elles, les poëtes meurent
A regarder le firmament.

Et qui sait si leurs blanches flammes
Fascinant nos yeux éblouis
Ne sont pas faites de nos âmes
Et de nos rêves infinis ?

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by David Fetter


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 (David Fetter) , "The stars", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2019-05-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-03 15:22:45

Line count: 12
Word count: 59

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The stars

Language: English after the French (Français)

In the vastness of the lunar paradise,
Suspended in the shifting blue
Are some magical lights:
The silver-eyed stars.
Forever they endure
And watch motionless,
For them, poets die
When they look at the heavens.
And who knows if their white flames
Bewitching our dazzled eyes
Are not made of our souls
And of our dreams, our infinite dreams?

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Robert Campion (1865 - 1939)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jane Vieu. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-05-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-03 15:39:11

Line count: 12
Word count: 59