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

Connais‑tu le pays
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Connais-tu le pays où fleurit l'oranger? 
Le pays des fruits d'or et des roses merveilles,
Où la brise est plus douce et l'oiseau plus léger,
Où dans toute saison butinent les abeilles,
Où rayonne et sourit, comme un bienfait de Dieu,
Un éternel printemps sous un ciel toujours bleu! 
Hélas! Que ne puis-je te suivre
Vers ce rivage heureux d'où le sort m'exila! 
C'est là! C'est là que je voudrais vivre,
Aimer, aimer et mourir! 
C'est là que je voudrais vivre, c'est là, 
oui, c'est là! 

Connais-tu la maison où l'on m'attend là-bas? 
La salle aux lambris d'or, où des hommes de marbre
M'appellent dans la nuit en me tendant les bras? 
Et la cour où l'on danse à l'ombre d'un grand arbre? 
Et le lac transparent où glissent sur les eaux
Mille bateaux légers pareils à des oiseaux? 
Hélas! Que ne puis-je te suivre
Vers ce pays lointain d'où le sort m'exila! 
C'est là! C'est là que je voudrais vivre,
Aimer, aimer et mourir! 
C'est là que je voudrais vivre, c'est là, 
oui, c'est là!

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  • ENG English (Laura L. Nagle) , "Do you know the land", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Paul Cadrin

Text added to the website: 2003-11-10 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
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Do you know the land
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Do you know the land where the orange tree blossoms?
The country of golden fruits and marvelous roses,
Where the breeze is softer and birds lighter,
Where bees gather pollen in every season,
And where shines and smiles, like a gift from God,
An eternal springtime under an ever-blue sky!
Alas! but I cannot follow you
To that happy shore from which fate has exiled me!
There! It is there that I should like to live,
To love, to love, and to die!
It is there that I should like to live, it is there,
yes, there!

Do you know the house there where I am awaited? 
The gold-panelled room where men made of marble
Call to me at night, reaching their arms out to me?
And the courtyard where people dance in the shadow of a great tree?
And the lake upon whose limpid waters
A thousand light boats glide like birds?
Alas! but I cannot follow you
To that distant land from which fate has exiled me!
There! It is there that I should like to live,
To love, to love, and to die!
It is there that I should like to live, it is there, 
yes, there!

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Text added to the website: 2007-01-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 24
Word count: 200