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Le secret

Language: French (Français)

Je veux que le matin l'ignore
Le nom que j'ai dit à la nuit,
Et qu'au vent de l'aube, sans bruit,
Comme un larme il s'évapore.

Je veux que le jour le proclame
L'amour qu'au matin j'ai caché,
Et sur mon coeur ouvert penché
Comme un grain d'encens il l'enflamme.

Je veux que le couchant l'oublie
Le secret que j'ai dit au jour,
Et l'emporte avec mon amour,
Aux plis de sa robe pâlie!


Translation(s): ENG GER

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Authorship

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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , title 1: "The secret", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramss) , title 1: "Das Geheimnis", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
Line count: 12
Word count: 74

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The secret

Language: English after the French (Français)

 I want the morning not to know
 the name that I told to the night;
 in the dawn wind, silently,
 may it evaporate like a teardrop.
 
 I want the day to proclaim
 the love that I hid from the morning,
 and (bent over my open heart)
 to set it aflame, like a grain of incense.
 
 I want the sunset to forget
 the secret I told to the day,
 and to carry it away with my love
 in the folds of its pale robe!


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
Line count: 12
Word count: 84