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Le jardin du ciel

Language: French (Français)

Un souffle d'ombre teint les roses du talus
Et les lys du parterre
Tout le feuillage est noir au jardin solitaire
Où les fleurs ne sont plus.
Mais la nuit orne d'or son dôme et ses pilastres
Et je songe, incertain
Si le ciel n'a pas pris les fleurs de mon jardin
Pour en faire ses astres.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Anne Papillard


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 (Anne Papillard) , "The garden of the sky", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-02-11 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:53

Line count: 8
Word count: 57

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The garden of the sky

Language: English after the French (Français)

A breath of shade dyes the roses of the bank
And the lilies of the flowerbed
All the foliage is black in the solitary garden
Where the flowers are no more.
But the night decorates with gold its dome and its pilasters
And I dream, uncertain,
If the sky did not take the flowers of my garden
To make its celestial bodies.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Catulle Mendès (1841 - 1909)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jacques François Antoine Ibert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-02-11 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:34

Line count: 8
Word count: 62