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Language: French (Français)

Combien j'ai douce souvenance
Du joli lieu de ma naissance!
Ma soeur, qu'ils étaient beaux les jours
   De France!
O mon pays, sois mes amours

Te souvient-il que notre mère
Au foyer de notre chaumière
Nous pressait sur son coeur joyeux,
   Ma chère,
Et nous baisions ses blancs cheveux
   Tous deux?

Ma soeur, te souvient-il encore
Du château que baignait la Dore,
Et de cette tant vieille tour
   Du Maure,
Où l'airain sonnait le retour
   Du jour?

Te souvient-il du lac tranquille
Qu'effleurait l'hirondelle agile,
Du vent qui courbait le roseau
Et du soleil couchant sur l'eau
   Si beau?

Oh! qui me rendra mon Hélène,
Et ma montagne, et le grand chêne?
Leur souvenir fait tous les jours
   Ma peine!
Mon pays sera mes amours

Translation(s): ENG

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Amy Pfrimmer) , "Remembrance", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2019-07-05 18:23:47

Line count: 30
Word count: 128

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Language: English after the French (Français)

How sweet is the remembrance 
of our beautiful birthplace. 
My sister, they were beautiful, those days 
in France! 
O my country, be my beloved 

Do you remember our mother 
at the heart of our cottage, 
pressing us near to her joyful heart, 
my dearest, 
and when we two kissed 
her white hair?

My sister, do you remember 
the castle that was bathed by the Dore, 
and the old tower, 
“The Moor” 
where the brass sounded the return 
of the day?

Do you remember the tranquil lake 
skimmed by the agile swallow, 
the wind that bent 
the reeds, 
and the sun setting beautifully 
on the water? 

Oh! Who will bring me back my Helen 
and my mountain, and the great oak! 
Their remembrance makes every day 
My country will always be my beloved, 

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

Last modified: 2019-07-05 18:25:09

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Word count: 135