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Translation © by Victoria de Menil

Beau chevalier qui partez pour la guerre
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Beau chevalier qui partez pour la guerre,
  Qu'allez-vous faire
  [Si loin d'ici]1 ?
Voyez-vous pas que la nuit est profonde,
  Et que le monde
  N'est que souci ?

Vous qui croyez qu'une amour délaissée
  De la pensée
  S'enfuit ainsi,
Hélas ! hélas ! chercheurs de renommée,
  Votre fumée
  S'envole aussi.

[Beau chevalier qui partez pour la guerre,
  Qu'allez-vous faire
  Si loin de nous ?]2
J'en vais pleurer, moi qui me laissais dire
  Que mon sourire
  Était si doux.

V. Massé sets stanzas 1, 3
F. Schmitt sets stanzas 1, 3

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Confirmed with Alfred de Musset, Poésies nouvelles (1836-1852), Paris, Charpentier, 1857, page 141.

First published in La Quenouille de Barberine, a comedy in two acts, Éd. La Revue des Deux Mondes, 1835.

1 Koster: "Si loin d'ici de nous"; Schmitt: "Aussi loin d'ici ? loin de nous"
2 omitted by Schmitt.

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  • ENG English (Victoria de Menil) , "Handsome knight, you who leave for war", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 78

Handsome knight, you who leave for war
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 Handsome knight, you who leave for war
 What will you do 
 far from here?
 Do you see that the night is deep?
 And that the world 
 is but worry?
 
 You who think that love 
 Abandoned by thought 
 flees like that.
 Alas! Alas! Seekers of fame
 Your smoke
 flies away too!
 
 Hansome knight, you who leave for war
 What will you do 
 far from us?
 It will make me cry. I who thought 
 That my smile 
 was so sweet!

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 79