by (Paul) Jules Barbier (1825 - 1901) and by Michel Carré (1822 - 1872)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Déesse ou femme
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ces attraits que chacun admire,
Ce regard divin, ce sourire!
Nous faisaient tomber tous,
Hélas! Madame à vos genoux!
Déesse ou femme,
Ange des cieux!
Qui ne s'enflamme
A perdu l'âme,
Ou bien les yeux!

Cette voix que chacun adore,
Cette douce voix chante encore!
Qu'ils étaient ravissants,
Mon Dieu! qu'ils étaient ravissants,
Madame, ces doux accents;
Déesse ou femme...


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Goddess or woman", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-07
Line count: 15
Word count: 60

Goddess or woman
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Such traits which all admire,
This divine glance, this smile!
They make us all fall down before you,
Ma’am, at your feet! Alas!
Goddess or woman,
Angel from heaven!
He who doesn’t catch fire
will lose his soul,
Or indeed his eyes!

This voice which everyone adores,
This sweet voice still sings!
They were lovely,
My God! They were lovely,
Ma'am, those sweet strains;
Goddess or woman...


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This text was added to the website: 2018-01-07
Line count: 15
Word count: 67