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Sur le balcon où tu te penches

Language: French (Français)

Sur le balcon où tu te penches
Je veux monter... efforts perdus !
Il est trop haut, et tes mains blanches
N'atteignent pas mes bras tendus.

Pour déjouer ta duègne avare,
Jette [un collier, un ruban]1 d'or ;
Ou des cordes de ta guitare
Tresse une échelle, ou bien encor...

Ôte tes fleurs, défais ton peigne,
Penche sur moi tes cheveux longs,
Torrent de jais dont le flot baigne
Ta jambe ronde et tes talons.

Aidé par cette échelle étrange,
Légèrement je gravirai,
Et jusqu'au ciel, sans être un ange,
Dans les parfums je monterai !

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Viardot-García : "un ruban, un collier"

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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 (Barbara Miller) , "Serenade", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:29
Line count: 16
Word count: 96

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Language: English after the French (Français)

To the balcony from which you lean
I want to rise, wasted effort!
It is too high, and your white hands
Don't reach my outstretched arms!
In order to thwart your greedy duenna,
Throw a ribbon, a golden necklace
Or some strings from your guitar.
Weave a ladder, or still better
Take off some flowers, undo your comb,
Lean down to me your long hair,
Torrents of jet black of which the waves bathe
Your round leg and your heels.
Helped by this strange ladder,
Lightly I will climb
And even to the sky without being an angel,
In the sweet fragrances I will rise.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872), "Sérénade", written 1841, appears in España, first published 1845
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): François Emmanuel Joseph Bazin, Lucien Berton, Xavier Boisselot, Adolphe Botte, Louis-Charles-Bonaventure-Alfred Bruneau, Martial Caillebotte, Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, Paul-Charles-Marie Curet, as Paul Puget, Marie Damaschino, as Mario Foscarina, Louis Diémer, Gabriel Fauré, Camille Flotard, Charles Jean Baptiste Grisart, Édouard de Hartog, Edmond Hocmelle, Paul Xavier Désiré, Marquis Richard d'Ivry, Guy de Kervéguen, Vicomte, Léon Charles François Kreutzer, Grigory Kuchelev-Bezborodko, Julie Legoux, Baronne, as Gilbert des Roches, Charles Magner, Gottfried Mann, C. Padieu, Mme., Georges-Louis Pantillon, Felipe Pedrell, Jules Philipot, Adolphe Piriou, Victor Roger, fils, Armand Ruber, Pauline Viardot-García, Edmond Viault, E. Weber. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-04-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
Line count: 16
Word count: 105