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Le soir

Language: French (Français)

Le soir ramène le silence.
Assis sur ces rochers déserts,
Je suis dans le vague des airs
Le char de la nuit qui s'avance.

Vénus se lève à l'horizon;
À mes pieds l'étoile amoureuse
De sa lueur mystérieuse
Blanchit les tapis de gazon.

Tout à coup détaché de cieux,
Un rayon de l'astre nocturne,
Glissant sur mon front taciturne,
Vient mollement toucher mes yeux.

Doux reflet d'une globe de flamme,
Charmant rayon que me veux-tu?
Viens-tu dans mon sein abattu
Porter la lumière à mon âme?

Descends-tu pour me révéler
Des mondes le divin mystère?
Ces secrets cachés dans la sphère
Où le jour va te rappeler?

Viens-tu dévoiler l'avenir
Au coeur fatigué qui t'implore?
Rayon divin, es-tu l'aurore
Du jour qui ne doit pas finir?

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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Jim Reilly) , title 1: "Evening", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:37
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Word count: 126

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Language: English after the French (Français)

The evening brings back silence.
Seated on these deserted rocks
I track in the hazy air
The advancing chariot of night.

Venus rises on the horizon;
At my feet the amorous star
With its mysterious radiance
Turns the lawn’s carpet white.

Suddenly leaving the heavens,
A ray from the nocturnal star
Glides upon my solemn brow
And arrives to gently touch my eyes.

Gentle reflection of that globe of flame,
Charming ray, what do you want with me?
Do you come to my battered breast
To bring light to my soul?

Do you descend to reveal to me
The divine mystery of worlds?
These secrets hidden in the sphere
Where  day goes to call you forth?

Do you come to unveil the future
To the tired heart which pleads with you?
Divine ray, are you the dawn
of the day which will not end?

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Text added to the website: 2016-10-26.
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