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Pour moi sa main cueillait des roses

Language: French (Français)

Pour moi sa main cueillait des roses
A ce buisson,
Comme elle encore à peine écloses,
Chère moisson.

La gerbe, hélas! en est fanée
Comme elle aussi;
La moissonneuse moissonée
Repose ici.

Mais sur la tombe qui vous couvre,
Ô mes amours!
Une églantine, qui s'entr'ouvre,
Sourit toujours.

Et, sous le buisson qui surplombe,
Quand je reviens,
Une voix me dit sous la tombe:
"Je me souviens."

Translation(s): ENG ENG

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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)

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Samuel Byrne) , "For me alone she culled the roses"
  • ENG English (Amy Pfrimmer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-05-10 18:07:33

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Word count: 67

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Her hand gathered the roses

Language: English after the French (Français)

Her hand gathered the roses 
from this bush for me alone;
As she had barely even bloomed, 
dearest harvest. 

The bouquet is faded, alas, 
as she is also faded; 
The harvesters’ harvest 
rests here. 

But on the tomb that covers you, 
O my beloved, 
An eglantine (sweet rose briar) grows there, 
half-opened and always smiling! 

And under the overhanging bush,
when I return, 
a voice from the grave says to me, 
“I remember.”

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Translations of title(s):
"Chant" = "Song"
"Lied" = "Song"
"Les roses" = "The roses"


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2019 by Amy Pfrimmer, (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 Lucien Paté (1845 - 1939), "Les roses", appears in Poésies, Paris, Éd. Charpentier, first published 1878
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): César Franck, Ernest Lavigne. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-07-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-07-05 18:12:34

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