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Oh! quand je dors, viens auprès de ma...

Language: French (Français)

Oh! quand je dors, viens auprès de ma couche, 
comme à Pétrarque apparaissait Laura,
Et qu'en passant ton haleine me touche... 
       Soudain ma bouche
       S'entrouvrira!

Sur mon front morne où peut-être s'achève
Un songe noir qui trop longtemps dura,
Que ton regard comme un astre se lève...
       [Soudain]1 mon rêve
       Rayonnera!

Puis sur ma lèvre où voltige une flamme,
Éclair d'amour que Dieu même épura,
Pose un baiser, et d'ange deviens femme...
       Soudain mon âme
       S'éveillera!


Translation(s): CHI ENG ENG ENG GER GER POR

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1 Liszt: "Et soudain"

Submitted by Emily Ezust

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 or adaptations:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) ENG POR CHI by Franz Liszt.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG POR CHI by L. Pantaleoni.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Oh! when I sleep", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Peter Low) , title 1: "Oh while I sleep", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Yen-Chiang Che) , title 1: "喔!當我沈睡", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title 1: "O in my dreams"
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , title 1: "Oh! Quando durmo", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Oh while I sleep

Language: English after the French (Français)

Oh while I sleep, come and stand by my bed
as Laura came to Petrarch where he lay.
And let your breath hover over my head -
   My pain will settle    
        and drain away!

And on my brow   in the menacing darkness
where nightmares come and all too often stay
pour down your gaze like a shower of starlight -
    My heart will waken.   
        My dream will waken.1

Then place a kiss       both angelic and human
on my two lips where love again may stir to flame.
Yes, kiss me and turn from angel into woman -
  My soul will leap through
       from night into day!


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1 May be followed by "My dream will play! Ah!" for the repeat (Liszt)

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  • Singable translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2008 by Peter Low, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885), no title, appears in Les Rayons et les Ombres, no. 27, first published 1840 CHI GER POR GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georges Bizet, Vladimir, Fürst Castriota-Scanderbeg, Bernard van Dieren, André Gédalge, Edouard Lalo, Franz Liszt, Victor Massé, Émile Pessard. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2008-12-03.
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