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Si l'enfant sommeille

Language: French (Français)

Si l'enfant sommeille,
Il verra l'abeille,
Quand elle aura fait son miel,
Danser entre terre et ciel.

Sie l'enfant repose,
Un ange tout rose,
Que la nuit seule on peut voir,
Viendra lui dire: »bonsoir!«

Si mon enfant m'aime,
Dieu dira lui même:
J'aime cet enfant qui dort:
Qu'on lui porte un rêve d'or.

Mettez lui des aîles,
Comme aux tourterelles
Pour venir dans mon soleil
Danser, danser jusqu'à son réveil.

Fermez ses paupières,
Et sur ses prières,
De mes jardins pleins de fleurs
Faites glisser les couleurs.

Mais je veux qu'il dorme,
Et qu'il se conforme
Au silence des oiseaux
Couchés parmi les roseaux!

Car si l'enfant pleure,
On entendra l'heure
Tinter partout qu'un enfant
A fait ce que Dieu défend.

L'écho de la rue,
Au bruit accourue,
Quand l'heure aura soupiré,
Dira: »d'enfant a pleuré!«

Et sa tendre mère,
Dans sa nuit amère,
Pour son ingrat nourisson
Ne saura plus hélas! de chanson.

Si l'enfant est sage,
Sur son doux visage
La Vierge se penchera,
Et longtemps lui parlera.

Translation(s): ENG

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First published in Le musée des familles, August 1835.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Ahmed E. Ismail) , title 1: "Cradle song after an old air", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-02-07 20:06:19

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