Les nuits persanes

by Youssef Khan Nazare-Aga, dit Kyna (1870 - 1942)

Word count: 114

1. Volupté [sung text not yet checked]

Subtitle: Danse persane avec chœurs

La gargoulette, pleine d'eau, qui, sans la chute d'une goutte
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2. Les palmiers [sung text not yet checked]

Heureux les palmiers ! leurs amours
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3. Mélancolie [sung text not yet checked]

Ô fier jeune homme, ô tueur de gazelles
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4. Délire [sung text not yet checked]

Le marchand de perles m'a dit :
Ton front veut-il une couronne ? 
Tout mon bazar qui resplendit, 
Pour ta prunelle, je le donne.

Le marchand de roses reprit : 
Laisse les perles chez l'orfèvre ; 
Tout mon royaume qui fleurit, 
Je l'échange contre ta lèvre.

Le poète au rêve étoilé
Dit à son tour : vivante flamme,
De ton cœur donne-moi la clé,
Et dans mes chants je te proclame.

Mais que m'importe aucun trésor ? 
Je garde cœur, lèvre et prunelle 
Pour quelqu'un n'ayant pas encor 
Soupçonné ma plainte éternelle.

Perles, roses, vers, à mes yeux,
Cela ne vaut pas un grain d'orge. 
Du bien-aimé j'aimerais mieux 
Que l'étrier broyât ma gorge. 

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Confirmed with Les nuits persanes par Armand Renaud, Paris, Alphonese Lemerre, 1870, pages 77-78.


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5. Le puits [sung text not yet checked]

Dans le jardin, assise au bord du puits
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6. Cavalcade [sung text not yet checked]

Hop ! nos chevaux rongent le mors
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7. Triomphe [sung text not yet checked]

Quatre chevaux d'un blanc sans tache
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8. Ivresse lumineuse [sung text not yet checked]

Encor du vin ! encor des chants de lyre !
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9. Celui qui est [sung text not yet checked]

Dans le vent se perdent les ailes
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10. Nénuphars [sung text not yet checked]

Au bord du lac, je rêve et me recueille
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