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Sérénade florentine

Language: French (Français)

Étoile, dont la [clarté]1 luit
Comme un diamant dans la nuit,
Regarde vers ma bien-aimée
Dont la paupière s'est fermée,
Et fais descendre sur ses yeux
La bénédiction des cieux.

Elle s'endort : par la fenêtre
En sa chambre heureuse pénètre ;
Sur sa blancheur, comme un baiser,
Viens jusqu'à l'aube te poser,
Et que sa pensée alors rêve
D'un astre d'amour qui se lève.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FIN

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Confirmed with L'Illusion, Troisième édition, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1893, p. 11.

1 Duparc: "beauté"

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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Marike Lindhout) , "Florentijnse Serenade", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Florentine Serenade", copyright © 2015
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Florencelainen serenadi", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Florentine Serenade

Language: English after the French (Français)

Star whose beauty shines
like a diamond in the night
Look upon my beloved
whose eyelids are shut
and upon her eyes let fall
the benediction of the skies.

She sleeps... Through the window
enter her happy chamber;
upon her whiteness, like a kiss,
rest until sunrise
so that she may dream
of a star of love that is rising.

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