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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.


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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)

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 a forest

Language: English after the French (Français)

In a lonely and sombre forest
I walked the other day;
A child slept in the shade,
It was a veritable Cupid.

I approach; his beauty fascinates me.
But I must be careful:
He has the traits of the faithless maiden
Whom I had sworn to forget.

He had lips of ruby,
His complexion was also fresh like hers.
A sigh escapes me and he awakes;
Cupid wakes at nothing.

Immediately opening his wings and seizing
His vengeful bow
And one of his cruel arrows as he parts,
He wounds me to the heart.

"Go!" he says, "Go! At Sylvie's feet
Will you languish anew!
You shall love her all your life,
For having dared awaken me."

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

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