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Dans les bois l'amoureux Myrtil Avait pris Fauvette légère : "Aimable oiseau, lui disait-il, Je te destine à ma bergère. Pour prix du don que j'aurai fait, Que de baisers !... Si ma Lucette M'en donne deux pour un bouquet, J'en aurai dix pour la Fauvette." La Fauvette dans le vallon A laissé son ami fidèle, Et [fait tant]1 que de sa prison Elle s'échappe à tire-d'aile. "Ah ! dit le berger désolé, Adieu les baisers de Lucette ! Tout mon bonheur s'est envolé Sur les ailes de la Fauvette." Myrtil retourne au bois voisin, Pleurant la perte qu'il a faite ; Soit par hasard, soit à [dessein]2, Dans le bois se trouvait Lucette : [Sensible]3 à ce gage de foi, Elle sortit de sa retraite, En lui disant: "[Console-toi]4, Tu n'as perdu que la Fauvette!"
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1 Bizet, Diémer: "tant fait"
2 Bizet: "destin"
3 Bizet: "Et sensible"
4 Bizet: "Console-toi, console-toi, Myrtil, console-toi, ah !"
- by Charles Hubert Millevoye (1782 - 1816), "La fauvette", written 1800, appears in Poésies diverses, in Poésies légères, no. 8, Paris, Éd. Firmin Didot, first published 1814 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Antoine Banès (1856 - 1924), "Vieille chanson", published  [ high voice and piano ], from 12 Mélodies, no. 4, Paris, Éd Félix Mackar [sung text not yet checked]
- by D. Biancheri , "La fauvette", published 1885? [ high voice and piano ], Éd. Enoch Père & Fils [sung text not yet checked]
- by Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875), "Vieille chanson", op. 21 no. 3 (1865), published 1873 [ voice and piano ], from Vingt mélodies pour chant et piano, no. 3, Paris, Éd. Choudens [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Louis Diémer (1843 - 1919), "La fauvette", published 1875 [ voice and piano ], from Vingt Mélodies, no. 4, Paris : Henri Heugel [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893), "La fauvette", CG. 383 (1839?), published 1872, orchestrated 1871 [ voice and piano or orchestra ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Edmond Michotte (1831 - 1914), "La fauvette", published  [ high voice and piano ], from Vingt-cinq morceaux de chant à une et à plusieurs voix avec accompagnement de piano, no. 7, Paris, Éd. Flaxland [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Linda Godry) , "An old song", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , "Ein altes Lied", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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The besotted Myrtill Has caught in the woods the dainty warbler; You, my lovely bird, he told him: Are meant to be a present for my shepherdess If I offer you for a present She will show her gratitude with kisses, if my Lucette usually gives me two for a bouquet for such a present it will be ten for sure for the warbler. The warbler however had his mate in the valley And as soon as possible wriggled free and dashed away on clapping wings. Och! Thought the despairing shepherd, No more kisses from my Lucette! All my hopes flew away on the wings of the warbler! Sadly Myrtil returned to the close wood Mourning his loss. But there, be it mere luck, be it destiny Was his Lucette. Well aware of his good intentions She left her hideaway And said: rest assured, You only lost the warbler.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2007 by Linda Godry, (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.
- a text in French (Français) by Charles Hubert Millevoye (1782 - 1816), "La fauvette", written 1800, appears in Poésies diverses, in Poésies légères, no. 8, Paris, Éd. Firmin Didot, first published 1814
This text was added to the website: 2007-05-17
Line count: 24
Word count: 149