Translation © by Emily Ezust

Quand viendra la saison nouvelle
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRI GER GER ITA
Quand viendra la saison nouvelle,
Quand auront disparu les froids,
Tous les deux, nous irons, ma belle,
Pour cueillir le muguet au bois;
Sous nos pieds égrénant les perles
Que l'on voit, au matin trembler,
Nous irons écouter les merles 

Le printemps est venu, ma belle;
C'est le mois des amants béni;
Et l'oiseau, satinant son aile,
Dit des vers au rebord du nid.
Oh ! viens donc sur le banc de mousse
Pour parler de nos beaux amours,
Et dis-moi de ta voix si douce: 
    «Toujours !»

Loin, bien loin égarant nos courses,
Faisons fuir le lapin caché,
Et le daim au miroir des sources
Admirant son grand bois penché ;
Puis chez nous tout joyeux, tout aises,
En paniers, enlaçant nos doigts,
Revenons rapportant des fraises
    Des bois.

J. Radoux sets stanzas 1-3
P. Viardot sets stanzas 1-2
E. Lacheurié sets stanzas 1-2

About the headline (FAQ)

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Confirmed with Théophile Gauthier, La comédie de la mort, Desessart editeur, Paris, 1838, page 361.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) , "Ländliches Lied" ; composed by Hector Berlioz, Mathilde von Kralik.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by F. Bachmann ; composed by Louis Lacombe.

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Samuel Byrne) , "Villanelle"
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Villanelle", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2015
  • FRI Frisian (Geart van der Meer) , "Villanelle", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Villanelle", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Contadinella", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 131

When the new season arrives
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
When the new season arrives,
When the cold is gone,
Together we will go, my lovely,
To gather lilies of the valley in the woods;
Strewing beneath our feet the pearls
We see trembling each morning,
We shall go to listen to the blackbirds

Spring has come, my lovely;
This is the month most blessed by lovers;
And the bird, preening its wings until they are like satin,
Recites some lines at the edge of its nest.
Oh! Come then onto the mossy bank
To speak of our beautiful loves,
And tell me in your voice so soft:

Far, so far away, we stray from our path,
Setting to flight the hiding rabbit
And the buck admiring in the mirror of the water
Its great lowered antlers;
Then homeward we shall go, joyous and at ease,
Entwining our fingers together like baskets;
And we shall return home carrying
    Wild strawberries!

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Translation of title "Villanelle" = "Villanelle" (a poetic form)


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2015 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-28
Line count: 24
Word count: 152