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S'il est un charmant gazon

Language: French (Français)

S'il est un charmant gazon
  Que le ciel arrose,
Où [brille]1 en toute saison
  Quelque fleur éclose,
Où l'on cueille à [pleine main]2
Lys, chèvrefeuille et jasmin,
J'en veux faire le chemin
  Où ton pied se pose !

S'il est un sein bien aimant
  Dont l'honneur dispose !
Dont le ferme dévoûement
  N'ait rien de morose,
Si toujours ce noble sein
Bat pour un digne dessein,
J'en veux faire le coussin
  Où ton front se pose !

S'il est un rêve d'amour,
  Parfumé de rose,
Où l'on [trouve chaque jour]3
  Quelque douce chose,
Un rêve que Dieu bénit,
Où l'âme à l'âme s'unit,
Oh ! j'en veux faire le nid
  Où ton cœur se pose !


Translation(s): CHI ENG ENG ENG ENG GER ITA POL

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F. Liszt sets stanzas 1, 3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
F. Liszt sets stanzas 1, 3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
F. d'Erlanger sets stanzas 1, 3
C. Widor sets stanzas 1, 3

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Confirmed with Poésies de Victor Hugo: Odes & Ballades, Les Orientales, Les Feuilles d'Automne, Les Chants du Crépuscule, Les Voix Intérieures, Les Rayons & Les Ombres, Paris, Hetzel, 1880, p. 67.

1 Fauré: "naisse".
2 d'Erlanger: "pleines mains".
3 d'Erlanger: "trouve à chaque pas".

Submitted by Ted Perry

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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)

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

  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "如果有一個迷人的草地", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "If there be a lovely grassy plot", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "If I knew a meadow fair", first published 1911
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Enrico Magnani) , "Sogno d'amore", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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If I knew a meadow fair

Language: English after the French (Français)

If I knew a meadow fair,
Wet by pearly showers
Where blossom all thro' the year
Never-fading flowers,
Where we cull from largess free
Rose, jasmine, fleur-de-lys,
There a path I'd make for thee
Where thy feet should wander.










Could there be a dream of love
Perfumed by the roses,
Where each day with joy inwove,
Some new charm discloses;
A dream by Heaven bless'd,
Where soul to soul is express'd,
Oh, there thy heart should make a nest
Where my love reposes!


From a Liszt score.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885), title 1: "S'il est un charmant gazon", title 2: "Nouvelle chanson sur un vieil air", appears in Les Chants du Crépuscule, no. 22, first published 1834 CHI GER ITA POL
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Giulio Alary, Frédéric Binet, Frédéric d'Erlanger, Baron, dit Regnal, Gabriel Fauré, César Franck, Jan Karol Gall, Lucien Hillemacher, Paul Hillemacher, Eugène Hutoy, Franz Liszt, Jules Massenet, Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin, Gabriel de Saint-Quentin, Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, Paul Vidal, Charles Marie Jean Albert Widor. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-04-13.
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