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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

List of language codes

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

Submitted by Nicolas Gounin


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 ; composed 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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Invito al viaggio

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

Mia piccola, sorella,
Pensa che cosa bella,
Andar laggiù, essere amanti! 
Senza confini amare,
amare e poi morire
In terre a te somiglianti!
I soli raddolciti
Da cieli annuvolati
Hanno per me l'incanto
Così misterioso
Del tuo sguardo insidioso,
che brilla attraverso il pianto.
  Là tutto è ordine e beltà,
  Lusso, calma e voluttà.

Mobili ben lustrati,
dagli anni levigati
la nostra stanza orneranno;
e rarissimi fiori,
i loro diversi odori
al sentore dell'ambra uniranno,
e soffitti sfarzosi
e specchi grandiosi,
e splendore orientale,
tutto parlerebbe
all'anima in segreto
la sua dolce lingua natale.
  Là tutto è ordine e beltà,
  Lusso, calma e voluttà.

Vedi, per i canali
Dei vascelli dormire
Dall'animo vagabondo;
E' per assecondare
Ogni tuo minimo volere
Che vengono dai confini del mondo!
Il sole al tramonto
I campi, i canali
E la città intera riveste
d'oro e di giacinto;
In un caldo chiarore
il mondo si addormenta.
  Là tutto è ordine e beltà,
  Lusso, calma e voluttà.

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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 ENG GER 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, Colette Delatour, Alphons Diepenbrock, Henri Duparc, Léo Ferré, Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov, Lucien Hillemacher, Paul Hillemacher, Georges Adolphe Hüe, Ruth Matarasso, Jean-Grégoire Pénavaire. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2006-07-10 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:19

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