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Le mariage des roses

Language: French (Français)

Mignonne, sais tu comment,
S'épousent les roses?
Ah! cet hymen est charmant!

Quelles tendres choses
Elles disent en ouvrant
Leurs paupières closes!
Mignonne, sais tu comment
S'épousent les roses?

Elles disent: Aimons nous!
Si courte est la vie!
Ayons les baisers plus doux,
L'âme plus ravie!
Pendant que l'homme, à genoux,
Doute, espère, ou prie!
Ô mes soeurs, embrassons-nous
Si courte est la vie!

Croix-moi, mignonne, croix-moi,
Aimons nous comme elles,
Vois, le printemps vient à toi,
Et, des hirondelles
Aimer est l'unique loi
À leurs nids fidèles.
Ô ma reine suis ton roi,
Aimons nous comme elles.

Excepté d'avoir aimé,
Qu'est-il donc sur terre?
Notre horizon est fermé,
Ombre, nuit, mystère!
Un seul phare est allumé,
L'amour nous l'éclaire!
Excepté d'avoir aimé,
 Qu'est-il donc sur terre?

Translation(s): ENG ENG

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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 César Franck (1822 - 1890), "Le mariage des roses", FWV. 80, CFF. 183 (1871), published 1873 [ high voice and piano ], first published in Le monde musical, vol 1 [ sung text checked 1 time]

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "The marriage of the roses", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Amy Pfrimmer) , "The marriage of the roses", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:25

Line count: 32
Word count: 127

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The marriage of the roses

Language: English after the French (Français)

My dear one, do you know 
how the roses marry? 
It's a charming ceremony.

They say all sort 
of sweet nothings 
as they open up. 
My sweet, do you know 
how the roses marry? 

They say, "Let us love each other! 
Life is so short! 
Let us have the sweetest kisses, 
the most ravished soul! 
While man, on his knees, 
doubts, hopes or prays! 
My sisters, let us embrace each other! 
Life is so short!" 

Believe me, my dear one, believe me,
we must love each other as they do.
Look, spring is coming to you, 
and the only law 
in the swallows' faithful nests 
is love. 
My queen, follow your king. 
Let us love as they do. 

Unless you have loved, 
what use is life on this earth? 
Our horizon is closed, 
shadow, night, mystery!  
Only one lamp is lit - 
Love lights our way! 
Unless you have loved, 
what use is life on this earth?

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Eugène David (1784 - 1830)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): César Franck. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-07-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-07-04 22:54:19

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Word count: 157