by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by John Glenn Paton

L'aube naît, et ta porte est close !
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
L'aube naît, et ta porte est close !
[Ma]1 belle, pourquoi sommeiller ?
À l'heure où s'éveille la rose
Ne vas-tu pas te réveiller ?

   Ô ma charmante, 
   Écoute ici 
   L'amant qui chante
   Et pleure aussi !

Toute frappe à ta porte bénie.
L'aurore dit : Je suis le jour !
L'oiseau dit : Je suis l'harmonie !
Et [mon cœur]2 dit : Je suis l'amour!

   Ô ma charmante, 
   Écoute ici 
   L'amant qui chante
   Et pleure aussi !

Je t'adore, ange, [et]3 t'aime, femme.
Dieu qui pour toi m'a complété
A fait mon amour [par]4 ton âme,
Et mon regard pour ta beauté !

   Ô ma charmante,
   Écoute ici 
   L'amant qui chante
   Et pleure aussi !

C. Gounod sets stanzas 1-4
F. d'Erlanger sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Victor Hugo, Œuvres complètes, Volume 1, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Editions gallimard, 1964, page 876.

1 Donizetti: "Ô ma"
2 Gounod: "moi je"
3 Donizetti: "je"
4 The word "pour" appears here in many editions, and is used by Donizetti, Lalo, Godard, and perhaps others.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 116

Dawn begins to come, and your door is...
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Dawn begins to come, and your door is closed!
My beauty, why are you sleeping?
At the hour when the rose is awakening,
are you not also going to awaken?

Oh my charming one,
listen here
to the lover who sings
and also weeps!

Everything knocks at your blessed door.
Dawn says, “I am the day!”
The bird says, “I am harmony!”
And my heart says, “I am love!”

Oh my charming one,
listen here
to the lover who sings
and also weeps!

I adore you, angel, [and] I love you, woman,
God, who made me for you,
made my love for your soul,
and my gaze for your beauty!

Oh my charming one,
listen here
to the lover who sings
and also weeps!

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Translation of titles:
"Autre chanson" = "Another song"
"Le crépuscule" = "Dawn"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-20
Line count: 24
Word count: 124