Genièvres hérissés, et vous, houx...
Language: French (Français)
Genièvres hérissés, et vous, houx épineux
L'un hôte des déserts, et l'autre d'un bocage ;
Lierre, le tapis d'un bel antre sauvage,
Sources qui bouillonnez d'un surgeon sablonneux ;
Pigeons qui vous baisez d'un baiser savoureux
Tourtres qui lamentez d'un éternel veuvage.
Rossignols ramagers qui d'un plaisant langage
Nuit et jour rechantez vos versets amoureux ;
Vous, à la gorge rouge, étrangère arondelle.
Si vous voyez [aller ma Nymphe]1 en ce printemps
Pour cueillir des bouquets par cette herbe nouvelle,
Dites-lui pour néant que sa grâce j'attends,
Et que, pour ne souffrir le mal que j'ai pour elle,
J'ai mieux aimé mourir que languir si longtemps.
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1 Leguerney: "ma Nymphe aller"
Submitted by Guy Laffaille [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 Robert Caby (1905 - 1992), "Genièvres hérissés, et vous houx épineux", 1956. [voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Elisabeth Claisse (flourished 1922-1923), "Complainte", 1923, published  [high voice and piano], Paris, Édition B. Roudanez [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Jacques Leguerney (1906 - 1997), "Genièvres hérissés", 1943, published 1950 [voice and piano], from Poèmes de la Pléiade, Vol. I, no. 2, Editions Salabert [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Bristling junipers", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Humbert Wolfe) , no title, first published 1934
Text added to the website: 2011-06-01 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:24
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Word count: 106
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Language: English after the French (Français)
Bristling junipers and you prickly holly
One the guest of deserts, the other of the copse;
Ivy, the carpet of a fine wild cave
And springs which bubble from sandy roots
You wood-pigeons who relish your kisses
You doves who lament in eternal widowhood
Warbling nightingales who in your charming language
Sing night and day your poems of love
You red-throated swallows from foreign lands:
If any of you see my nymph go out this spring
To cut flowers among this new growth,
Tell her for nothing that I am awaiting her notice
And that, rather than suffer the pain that I have for her,
I would rather die than pine away for so long.
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- a text in French (Français) by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585), no title
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Robert Caby, Elisabeth Claisse, Jacques Leguerney. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2012-06-06 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:56
Line count: 14
Word count: 115