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Mai

Language: French (Français)

Depuis un [mois]1, chère exilée,
Loin de mes yeux tu t'en allas,
Et j'ai vu fleurir des lilas
Avec ma peine inconsolée.

Seul, je fuis ce ciel clair et beau
Dont l'ardent effluve me trouble,
Car l'horreur de l'exil se double
De la splendeur du renouveau.

En vain j'entends contre les vitres,
Dans la chambre où je m'enfermai,
Les premiers insectes de Mai
Heurter leurs maladroits élytres ;

En vain le soleil a souri,
Au printemps je ferme ma porte,
Et veux seulement qu'on m'apporte
Un rameau de lilas fleuri;

Car l'amour dont mon âme est pleine
[Retrouve, parmi]2 ses douleurs
Ton regard dans ces chères fleurs
Et dans leur parfum ton haleine.


Translation(s): ENG

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R. Hahn sets stanzas 1-2, 4-5
L. Maingueneau sets stanzas 1-2, 4-5

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1 Maingueneau: "deux"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Hahn: "Y trouve parmi"

Submitted by Ted Perry

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "May", copyright ©


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May

Language: English after the French (Français)

It has been one month, sweet exiled one,
Since you left my sight,
And I have seen the lilacs bloom
With inconsolable grief.

Alone, I shun fresh air,
Whose ardent fragrance disquiets me,
For the horror of an exile doubles
At seeing the luster of nature's renewal.

In vain I listen at the windows,
In the room in which I have shut myself up,
As the first beetles of May
Collide against them with their clumsy shells.

In vain does the sun smile,
For I close my door against the spring,
And wish only that someone would bring me
A branch of blossoming lilac;

For Love, of which my heart is full,
in the middle of its grief, finds
Your gaze among these precious flowers,
And in their scent, your breath!


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