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Language: French (Français) after the French (Français)

  À quatre heures du matin, l'été,
  Le sommeil d'amour dure encore.
  Sous les bocages s'évapore
        L'odeur du soir fêté.
  Là-bas, dans leur vaste chantier,
  Au soleil des Hespérides,
  Déjà s'agitent, en bras de chemise,
        Les Charpentiers.
  Dans leurs Déserts de mousse,
  Tranquilles,  ils préparent
  Les lambris précieux
        Où la ville peindra de faux cieux.
  O, pour ces Ouvriers charmants
  Sujets d'un roi de Babylone,
  Vénus! quitte un instant les Amants
        Dont l'âme est en couronne!
        O Reine des Bergers,
  Porte aux travailleurs l'eau-de-vie,
  Que leurs forces soient en paix
En attendant le bain dans la mer à midi.

Translation(s): 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)

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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "Rimbaud-Poem", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-09-16 19:29:41
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Language: English after the French (Français)

At four o'clock on a summer's morning, 
love still sleeps. 
The odors of the evening's revels evaporate 
under the bushes. 

Far off, in their great construction site 
in the Hesperidean sun, 
the carpenters are already 
stripped for action. 

In their mossy deserts, 
they tranquilly prepare 
the precious panels 
on which the city will paint a false heaven. 

Oh, for these charming workmen, 
subjects of the King of Babylon, 
Venus, leave for a moment your lovers 
whose souls are crowned. 

Queen of Shepherds, 
bring the workers the water of life, 
to calm their strength as they wait to swim 
in the sea at noontide.

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Text added to the website: 2004-06-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:08
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