Translation © by Laura Prichard

Captive et peut‑être oubliée
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Captive et peut-être oubliée,
Je songe à mes jeunes amours,
          À mes beaux jours,
Et par la fenêtre grillée
Je regarde l'oiseau joyeux
          Fendant les cieux.

Douce et pâle consolatrice,
Espérance, rayon d'en haut,
          Dans mon cachot
Fais-moi, sous ta clarté propice,
À ton miroir faux et charmant
          Voir mon amant !

Auprès de lui, belle Espérance,
Porte-moi sur tes ailes d'or,
          S'il m'aime encor,
Et, pour endormir ma souffrance,
Suspends mon âme sur son cœur
          Comme une fleur !

E. Lalo sets stanzas 1, 3

About the headline (FAQ)

Note: written for the musician Charles de Boigne


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 80

Held captive and perhaps forgotten
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Held captive and perhaps forgotten,
I dream of my young loves,
          Of my halcyon days,
And through the barred window
I see the joyful bird
          Splitting the heavens.

Clasp me to you, fair Hope,
Carry me on your wings of gold,
          If he loves me still.
And, to soothe my suffering,
Attach my soul over his heart
          Like a boutonniere!

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "L'esclave" = "The slave girl"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 60