by François Marie Arouet (1694 - 1778), as Voltaire
Translation © by Peter Low

Souvent un air de vérité
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Souvent un air de vérité
Se mêle au plus grossier mensonge.
[Cette]1 nuit dans l'erreur d'un songe,
Au rang des rois j'étais monté.
Je vous aimais alors et j'osais vous le dire.
Les dieux à mon réveil ne m'ont pas tout ôté :
Je n'ai perdu que mon empire.

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1 Tailleferre: "Une"


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Often an air of truth
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Often an air of truth
can be found in the crudest lie.
Last night in a deluded dream
I had risen to the rank of kings.
At that time I loved you and dared to tell you so.
When I woke, the gods didn't take it all away:
I lost only my kingdom.

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Translation of title "Souvent un air de vérité" = "Often an air of truth"


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  • a text in French (Français) by François Marie Arouet (1694 - 1778), as Voltaire, "Songe de M. de Voltaire à la princesse royale de Prusse au mois de septembre 1743 lorsqu'il était à Berlin"


This text was added to the website: 2017-08-11
Line count: 7
Word count: 53