Translation Singable translation by Samuel Byrne (flourished 1889)

Nuit d'étoiles, sous tes voiles
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG GER SPA
Nuit d'étoiles, sous tes voiles,
sous ta brise et tes parfums,
Triste lyre qui soupire,
je rêve aux amours défunts.

La sereine mélancolie vient éclore
au fond de mon coeur,
Et j'entends l'âme de ma mie
Tressaillir dans le bois rêveur.

Dans les ombres de la feuillée,
Quand tout bas je soupire seul,
Tu reviens, pauvre âme éveillée,
Toute blanche dans ton linceuil.

Je revois à notre fontaine 
tes regards bleus comme les cieux;
Cette rose, c'est ton haleine,
Et ces étoiles sont tes yeux.

P. Allen sets stanzas 1-2, 4
C. Debussy sets stanzas 1, 2, 4
E. Lavigne sets stanzas 1-3
C. Widor sets stanzas 1-3

About the headline (FAQ)

Note: in the original poem, the first stanza is a refrain.
At head of poem:
Je me promenais dans un jardin délicieux : sous
l'épais gazon on voyait des violettes et des roses
dont le doux parfum embaumait l'air. Un son doux et
harmonieux se faisait entendre, et une tendre clarté
éclairait le paysage. Les fleurs semblaient
tressaillir de bonheur et exhaler de doux soupirs.
Tout à coup, je crus m'apercevoir que j'étais 
moi-même le chant que j'entendais, et que je mourais.
  -- Hoffmann.

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) [singable] (Núria Colomer) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Samuel Byrne) , "Starry night"
  • ENG English (Melissa Malde) , "Night of stars", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 85

Starry night
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Starry night, beneath your pinions, be-
neath your breeze and your perfumes,
Lyre, in sorrow, softly sighing, 
I dream of a love long past.

Melancholy, so sadly tranquil, fills with gloom
 my poor weary heart.
And I hear your dear soul, my darling,
Quivering in the dreamy wood.

 In the shadows of the greenwood,
When, alone, I am sighing low,
You come back, O! poor soul awaken'd,
Pure and white as snow in your shroud.

[I watch here at this, your small fountain
your blue eyes like the sky;
This rose, it is my dear hope,
And these fair stars they are your eyes.]1

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Note: the text comes from the Lavigne score.
1 Omitted by Lavigne; translated to English by Emily Ezust, trying to be singable.

Authorship

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 104