by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
Translation by Cyril Meir Scott (1879 - 1970)

L'invitation au Voyage
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG GER ITA SPA
	Mon enfant, ma sœur,
	Songe à la douceur
D'aller là-bas vivre ensemble ;
	-- Aimer à loisir,
	Aimer et mourir
Au pays qui te ressemble !
	Les soleils mouillés
	De ces ciels brouillés
Pour mon esprit ont les charmes
	Si mystérieux
	De tes traîtres yeux
Brillant à travers leurs larmes. 

Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté.

	Des meubles luisants,
	Polis par les ans
Décoreraient notre chambre ;
	Les plus rares fleurs
	Mêlant leurs odeurs
Aux vagues senteurs de l'ambre,
	Les riches plafonds,
	Les miroirs profonds,
La splendeur orientale,
	Tout y parlerait
	À l'âme en secret
Sa douce langue natale.

Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté.

	Vois sur ces canaux 
	Dormir ces vaisseaux
Dont l'humeur est vagabonde ;
	C'est pour assouvir
	Ton moindre désir
Qu'ils viennent du bout du monde.
	-- Les soleils couchants
	Revêtent les champs,
Les canaux, la ville entière,
	D'hyacinthe et d'or ;
	-- Le monde s'endort
Dans une chaude lumière.

Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté.

H. Duparc sets stanzas 1-2, 5-6
B. Godard sets stanzas 1-2, 5-6

Confirmed with Revue des Deux Mondes, seconde série de la nouvelle période, tome dixième, Les Fleurs du mal, Paris: Bureau de la Revue des Deux Mondes, 1855, pages 1087-1088. Also confirmed with Les Fleurs du mal, Spleen et Idéal, Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1857, pages 115-117. Punctuation and formatting follows 1855 edition.

First published in Revue des Deux Mondes, seconde série de la nouvelle période, tome dixième, 1855. Also appears in Les Fleurs du mal as number 49 in the 1857 edition and 53 or 54 in subsequent editions.

Note: The spelling "luisans" in the 1855 edition is changed to "luisants" in line 17.


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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)

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  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov.

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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Vyzvání na cestu"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Marike Lindhout) , "De Uitnodiging voor de Reis", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "Invitation to the voyage", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Cyril Meir Scott) , "Invitation to a Journey", appears in The Flowers of Evil, London, Elkin Mathews, first published 1909
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Einladung zur Reise", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Invito al viaggio", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "La invitación al viaje", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2019-08-15 17:07:55
Line count: 42
Word count: 169

Invitation to a Journey
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
	My sister, my dear
	Consider how fair,
Together to live it would be!
	Down yonder to fly
	To love, till we die,
In the land which resembles thee.
	Those suns that rise
	'Neath erratic skies,
—No charm could be like unto theirs—
	So strange and divine,
	Like those eyes of thine
Which glow in the midst of their tears.

There, all is order and loveliness,
Luxury, calm and voluptuousness.

	The tables and chairs,
	Polished bright by the years,
Would decorate sweetly our rooms,
	And the rarest of flowers
	Would twine round our bowers
And mingle their amber perfumes:
	The ceilings arrayed,
	And the mirrors inlaid,
This Eastern splendour among,
	Would furtively steal
	O'er our souls, and appeal
With its tranquillous native tongue.

There, all is order and loveliness,
Luxury, calm and voluptuousness.

	In the harbours, peep,
	At the vessels asleep
(Their humour is always to roam),
	Yet it is but to grant
	Thy smallest want
From the ends of the earth that they come,
	The sunsets beam
	Upon meadow and stream,
And upon the city entire
	'Neath a violet crest,
	The world sinks to rest,
Illumed by a golden fire.

There, all is order and loveliness,
Luxury, calm and voluptuousness.

Confirmed with The Flowers of Evil [by Charles Baudelaire; translated into English verse by Cyril Scott], London: Elkin Mathews, 1909, pages 35-36.


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Text added to the website: 2019-08-21 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-08-21 01:32:04
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Word count: 201