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Ulysse part la voile au vent, Vers Ithaque aux ondes chéries, Avec des bercements la vague roule et plie. Au large de son coeur la mer aux vastes eaux Où son œil suit les blancs oiseaux Egrène au loin des pierreries. Ulysse part la voile au vent, Vers Ithaque aux ondes chéries ! Penché œil grave et coeur battant Sur le bec d'or de sa galère Il se rit, quand le flot est noir, de sa colère Car là-bas son cher fils pieux et fier attend Après les combats éclatants, La victoire aux bras de son père. Il songe, œil grave et cœur battant Sur le bec d'or de sa galère. Ulysse part la voile au vent, Vers Ithaque aux ondes chéries.
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- by Georges Delaquys (1880 - 1970) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Lili Boulanger (1893 - 1918), "Le retour", 1912 [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Korin Kormick) , "The return", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "The return", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Ulysses leaves with wind in his sails, Towards the cherished waves of Ithaca, With rocking motions the billow rolls and folds. To the offing of his heart the sea of vast waters, Where his eye follows the white birds, Drops away in the distance into faraway jewels. Ulysses leaves with wind in his sails, Towards the cherished waves of Ithaca! Leaned over with a solemn eye and beating heart On the golden bill of his galley He laughs, when the surging tide is black, at his anger Because over there his dear son, pious and proud, waits After the clamoring battles, For victory at the arm of his father. He dreams, with a solemn eye and beating heart, On the golden bill of his galley. Ulysses leaves with wind in his sails, Towards the cherished waves of Ithaca.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2004 by Korin Kormick, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2004-10-19
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