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C'est un Amant, ouvrez la porte

Language: French (Français)

C'est un Amant, ouvrez la porte.
Il est plein d'amour et de foi.
Que faites-vous, êtes-vous morte,
Ou ne l'êtes-vous que pour moi?
Si vous n'êtes pas éveillée,
Je ne veux point quitter ce lieu.
Si vous n'êtes pas habillée,
Que je vous voie, et puis adieu.
Voulez-vous qu'ici je demeure
Demi-mort, tremblant et jaloux?
Hélas! s'il vous plaît que je meure,
Que ce soit au moins devant vous.
Quelqu'autre Amant rempli de gloire
Me fait-il perdre ici mes pas?
Je ne saurais vivre et le croire,
Et ne puis ne le croire pas.
Ah! vous ouvrez : Belle farouche,
J'entends la clef, c'est votre voix.
Ô belle main, ô belle bouche!
Que je vous baise mille fois.

Translation(s): GER

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J. Massenet sets stanzas 1-3, 5

About the headline (FAQ)

Note: this poem is attributed to Mathieu de Montreuil in many places with the title "Stances" (and sometimes to Molière), but it appeared before either author's birth in an anonymous setting for treble voice and lute in the collection by Gabriel Bataille, Airs de differents avthevrs, mis en tablatvre de lvth..., second livre, Paris: Pierre Ballard, 1609, fol. 11.
With thanks to Professor Gordon J Callon for pointing this out (June 2013).

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

  • by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , "C'est un amant, ouvrez la porte", published 1609 [treble voice and lute], in the collection ed. by Gabriel Bataille, Airs de differents avthevrs, mis en tablatvre de lvth… . Second livre (Paris: Pierre Ballard…, 1609), fol. 11. [
     text not verified 
  • by Hans Hermann (1870 - 1931), "C'est un amant, ouvrez la porte", op. 3 (Fünf Gesänge für eine Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 2, published 1897 [voice and piano], Magdeburg, Heinrichshofen Verlag ; note: the author is given erroneously as Mathieu de Montreuil, also set in German (Deutsch) [
     text not verified 
  • by Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912), "Sérénade", 1880, published 1880, stanzas 1-3,5 [voice and piano], note: the author of the text is often given erroneously as Molière [
     text verified 1 time

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown by Hans Hermann.

Text added to the website: 2011-07-25 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:29
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