by (Paul) Jules Barbier (1825 - 1901)

Cette fleur je l'avais cueillie
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Cette fleur je l'avais cueillie
À tes pieds, au bord du chemin!
Tu me dis en tendant la main:
Donne-la-moi fraîche et jolie!

À ces bois où l'oiseau soupire,
Nous avons conté nos secrets!
Rêveuse, tu la respirais,
Et la fleur cachait ton sourire!

About the headline (FAQ)

Note: in Gounod's score, a footnote appears above "Cette fleur..." and the note informs us: "Les paroles de la 2de strophe sont de J.B." The Bibliothèque nationale de France Catalogue confirms this is Jules Barbier. The indication that these words form the "2de strophe" seem to imply that the first three stanzas by Gozlan should be considered one unit, but we have left them as they were published by Gozlan - in three separate stanzas. We have also left the above text in two-stanza format to remain consistent; however, when displaying this as a song text in a concert program or CD booklet, it would be reasonable to show a 12-line strophe followed by an 8-line strophe as suggested by the footnote in the score.


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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Dr Melissa Givens

This text was added to the website: 2021-05-26
Line count: 8
Word count: 44