Dans les bois l'amoureux Myrtil
Language: French (Français)
Dans les bois l'amoureux Myrtil
Avait pris Fauvette légère :
"Aimable oiseau, lui disait-il,
Je te destine à ma bergère.
Pour prix du don que j'aurai fait,
Que de baisers !... Si ma Lucette
M'en donne deux pour un bouquet,
J'en aurai dix pour la Fauvette."
La Fauvette dans le vallon
A laissé son ami fidèle,
Et [fait tant]1 que de sa prison
Elle s'échappe à tire-d'aile.
"Ah ! dit le berger désolé,
Adieu les baisers de Lucette !
Tout mon bonheur s'est envolé
Sur les ailes de la Fauvette."
Myrtil retourne au bois voisin,
Pleurant la perte qu'il a faite ;
Soit par hasard, soit à [dessein]2,
Dans le bois se trouvait Lucette :
[Sensible]3 à ce gage de foi,
Elle sortit de sa retraite,
En lui disant: "[Console-toi]4,
Tu n'as perdu que la Fauvette!"
Translation(s): ENG GER
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1 Bizet, Diémer: "tant fait"
2 Bizet: "destin"
3 Bizet: "Et sensible"
4 Bizet: "Console-toi, console-toi, Myrtil, console-toi, ah !"
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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 D. Biancheri , "La fauvette", published 1885? [high voice and piano], Éd. Enoch Père & Fils [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875), "Vieille chanson", op. 21 no. 3 (1865), published 1873 [voice and piano], from Vingt mélodies pour chant et piano, no. 3, Paris, Éd. Choudens [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Louis Diémer (1843 - 1919), "La fauvette", published 1875 [voice and piano], from Vingt Mélodies, no. 4, Paris : Henri Heugel [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893), "La fauvette", CG. 383 (1839?), published 1872, orchestrated 1871. [voice and piano or orchestra] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Edmond Michotte (1831 - 1914), "La fauvette", published  [high voice and piano], from Vingt-cinq morceaux de chant à une et à plusieurs voix avec accompagnement de piano, no. 7, Paris, Éd. Flaxland [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Linda Godry) , "An old song", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , "Ein altes Lied", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:41
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Word count: 136
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An old song
Language: English after the French (Français)
The besotted Myrtill
Has caught in the woods the dainty warbler;
You, my lovely bird, he told him:
Are meant to be a present for my shepherdess
If I offer you for a present
She will show her gratitude with kisses, if my Lucette
usually gives me two for a bouquet
for such a present it will be ten for sure for the warbler.
The warbler however
had his mate in the valley
And as soon as possible wriggled free
and dashed away on clapping wings.
Och! Thought the despairing shepherd,
No more kisses from my Lucette!
All my hopes flew away
on the wings of the warbler!
Sadly Myrtil returned to the close wood
Mourning his loss.
But there, be it mere luck, be it destiny
Was his Lucette.
Well aware of his good intentions
She left her hideaway
And said: rest assured,
You only lost the warbler.
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- a text in French (Français) by Charles Hubert Millevoye (1782 - 1816), "La fauvette", written 1800, appears in Poésies diverses, in Poésies légères, no. 8, Paris, Éd. Firmin Didot, first published 1814 GER
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): D. Biancheri, Georges Bizet, Louis Diémer, Charles Gounod, Edmond Michotte. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2007-05-17.
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