Translation © by Peter Low

Fleurs qu'adore
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Fleurs qu'adore
La beauté,
Ciel que dore
La gaîté,
[Hors la ville,
Frais asile,
Mer tranquille]1,
C'est l'été !

Lune pleine,
Mer qui luit,
Tiède haleine
Qui la suit.
Sous la treille,
Douce veille,
Sans pareille :
C'est la nuit !

Feu qui dore
Tout séjour
Et dévore
Chaque jour,
Deuil et fête,
Dans la tête
Du poète :
C'est l'amour !

About the headline (FAQ)

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Confirmed with Joseph Méry, Mélodies poétiques, Paris, Victor Lecou, 1853, pages 60-61.

1 Meyerbeer:
Loin des villes
Frais asiles,
Flots tranquilles


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

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Sicilienne", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Low [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2006-05-31
Line count: 24
Word count: 62

Flowers adored
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Flowers adored 
by beauty, 
a sky gilded 
by gaiety.  
Far from towns, 
cool refuges 
and calm waters 
– that is summer.

A full moon, 
a shining sea, 
a warm breeze 
moving along it.
Under the trellis, 
a late evening, 
gentle and unmatched 
- that is night.

A fire gilding 
every place 
and consuming 
every day.
Grief and joy 
in the mind 
of the poet 
– that is love.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Sicilienne" = "Pastoral song"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-06-02
Line count: 24
Word count: 68