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L'invitation au Voyage

Language: French (Français)

Mon enfant, ma sœur,
Songe à la douceur
D'aller là-bas vivre ensemble,
Aimer à loisir,
Aimer et mourir
Au pays qui te ressemble.
Les soleils mouillés
De ces ciels brouillés
Pour mon esprit ont les charmes
Si mystérieux
De tes traîtres yeux,
Brillant à travers leurs larmes. 
  Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
  Luxe, calme et volupté.

Des meubles luisants,
Polis par les ans,
Décoreraient notre chambre,
Les plus rares fleurs
Mêlant leurs odeurs
Aux vagues senteurs de l'ambre
Les riches plafonds,
Les miroirs profonds,
La splendeur orientale
Tout y parlerait
À l'âme en secret
Sa douce langue natale.
  Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
  Luxe, calme et volupté.

Vois sur ces canaux 
Dormir ces vaisseaux
Dont l'humeur est vagabonde;
C'est pour assouvir
Ton moindre désir
Qu'ils viennent du bout du monde.
Les soleils couchants
Revêtent les champs,
Les canaux, la ville entière,
D'hyacinthe et d'or;
Le monde s'endort
Dans une chaude lumière!
  Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
  Luxe, calme et volupté.


Translation(s): DUT ENG GER ITA RUS SPA

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H. Duparc sets stanzas 1, 3
B. Godard sets stanzas 1, 3

Submitted by Nicolas Gounin

Authorship


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist DUT ENG GER ITA SPA by Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Marike Lindhout) , "De Uitnodiging voor de Reis", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "Invitation to the voyage", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Einladung zur Reise", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Invito al viaggio", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "La invitación al viaje", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:20
Line count: 42
Word count: 163

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Invitation to the voyage

Language: English after the French (Français)

My child, my sister1,
think of the sweetness
of going there to live together!
To love at leisure,
to love and to die
in a country that is the image of you!
The misty suns
of those changeable skies
have for me the same
mysterious charm
as your fickle eyes
shining through their tears.
  There, all is harmony and beauty,
  luxury, calm and delight.

Gleaming furniture
polished by age
would decorate our bedroom;
the rarest of flowers
would mingle their fragrance
with the vague scent of amber;
the rich ceilings,
the deep mirrors,
the splendor of the Orient -
everything there
would speak in secret
the soul's soft native tongue.
  There, all is harmony and beauty,
  luxury, calm and delight.

See how those ships,
nomads by nature,
are slumbering in the canals.
To gratify
your every desire
they have come from the ends of the earth.
The westering suns
clothe the fields,
the canals, and the town
with reddish-orange and gold.
The world falls asleep
bathed in warmth and light.
  There, all is harmony and beauty,
  luxury, calm and delight.


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1 Translator's note: Despite the opening line, this poem is an amorous invitation addressed to a mistress (not literally a child or sister)

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867), "L'invitation au Voyage", appears in Les Fleurs du Mal, in 1. Spleen et Idéal, no. 53 DUT GER ITA RUS SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Pascal d'Aix, Hendrik Andriessen, Emmanuel Chabrier, Gustave Charpentier, Jules-Alfred Cressonnois, Jules Cressonois, Alphons Diepenbrock, Henri Duparc, Léo Ferré, Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov, Lucien Hillemacher, Paul Hillemacher, Georges Adolphe Hüe. Go to the text.

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:20
Line count: 42
Word count: 180