by Armand Silvestre (1837 - 1901)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Doux réveil des bois et des près
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Doux réveil des bois et des près
D'or et de pourpre diaprès,
Rapide oubli des jours moroses,
Salut ! printemps, père des roses !

Si tu la revois sous la fleur
De sa virginale le pâleur,
Dis à Dieu qu'il me la renvoie,
Celle qui fut toute ma joie,

-- Celle qui fait tout mon souci !

Voyant que je la pleure ainsi,
Printemps joyeux, ramène aussi
L'essaim des rires de sa bouche,
Doux bruit dont mon cœur s'effarouche,

Bruit charmant, cruel et moqueur...
[Ramène-moi, printemps vainqueur,]1
L'amoureuse, que j'ai servie :
[Celle qui fut tout ma vie,

-- Celle qui reste tout mon cœur !]2

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1 omitted by Castillon.
2 Castillon exchanges these two lines.


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Line count: 18
Word count: 104

Sweet reveille of the woods and fields
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Sweet reveille of the woods and fields
Of golden and purple shades,
Quickly forgotten memery of morose days,
Welcome spring, father of roses!

If you should see her, under the flower
Of her virginal pallor,
Tell God to send her back to me
She who was all my joy,

— She who was all my care!

Seeing that I weep thus,
Joyful spring, bring back again
The swarm of laughter from her mouth,
So sweet, before which I am cowed,

Charming sound, cruel and mocking…
Bring back to me, victorious spring,
My beloved, whom I served:
She who was my whole life,

— She who remains my whole heart!

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Translation of title "Renouveau" = "Renewal"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-10-06
Line count: 18
Word count: 109