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Dans un bois

Language: French (Français)

Dans un bois solitaire et sombre
Je me promenais l'autr' jour,
Un enfant y dormait à l'ombre,
C'était le redoutable Amour.

J'approche, sa beauté me flatte,
Mais je devais m'en défier ;
Il avait les traits d'une ingrate,
Que j'avais juré d'oublier.

Il avait la bouche vermeille,
Le teint aussi frais que le sien,
Un soupir m'échappe, il s'éveille ;
L'Amour se réveille de rien.

Aussitôt déployant ses aîles 
Et saisissant son arc vengeur,
L'une de ses flêches, cruelles 
En partant, il me blesse au cœur.

Va ! va, dit-il, aux pieds de Sylvie,
De nouveau languir et brûler !
Tu l'aimeras toute la vie,
Pour avoir osé m'éveiller.


List of language codes

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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "In a forest", copyright ©
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Pilar Lirio) , title 1: "En un bosque", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , title 1: "En un bosque solitario", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Dan Shen) , title 1: "在树林里", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "In un bosco", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , title 1: "Σε δάσος μοναχικό και σκοτεινό", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter Riemer) , title 1: "In einen einsamen, düsteren Wald", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Daniel Jäger) , title 1: "Einsam ging ich jüngst im Haine"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "In een bos", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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In un bosco

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the French (Français)

In un bosco oscuro e solitario
l'altro giorno stavo a passeggiare:
un bambino riposava all'ombra,
era il temibile Amore.

Mi faccio vicino, la sua bellezza mi attira,
ma avrei dovuto diffidare,
perché vi ravvisai i tratti di un'ingrata
che avevo giurato di dimenticare.

Aveva la bocca d'un rosso vermiglio,
e come il suo era fresco il colorito,
un sospiro mi sfugge, lui si desta;
per un nonnulla Amore viene destato.

E tosto dispiegando le sue ali,
e agguantando il suo arco vendicatore,
va via e, con una freccia crudele,
mi ferisce dritto nel cuore.

Vai! Mi dice, va' ai piedi di Silvia,
e ritorna a languire e a bruciare,
per tutta la vita tu l'amerai,
perché Amore hai osato destare.

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  • Translation from French (Français) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2010 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (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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