by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation Singable translation by Karl Ferdinand von Dräxler-Manfred (1806 - 1879)

À quoi bon entendre
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG SPA
À quoi bon entendre
Les oiseaux des bois?
L'oiseau le plus tendre
Chante dans ta voix.

Que Dieu montre ou voile
Les astres des cieux!
La plus pure étoile
Brille dans tes yeux.

Qu'avril renouvelle
Le jardin en fleur!
La fleur la plus belle
Fleurit dans ton coeur.

Cet [oiseau]1 de flamme,
Cet astre du jour,
Cette fleur de l'âme,
S'appelle l'amour!

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1 Chabrier: "fleur" (flower)

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Jos. Van de Vijver) , "Serenade"
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 2016
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alberto Bonati) , "Para qué escuchar", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:34
Line count: 16
Word count: 62

Wozu der Vöglein Chöre
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG
Wozu der Vöglein Chöre
belauschen fern und nah?
Das Schönste, was ich höre,
ist deine Stimme ja.

Ob die Gestirne flimmern,
ob Nebel sie verhüllt,
die schönsten Sterne flimmern
in deinen Augen mild,
 
Ob Frühling überziehet
mit Blumen Feld und Flur,
die schönste Blume blühet
in deinem Herzen nur.

Die Stimme süß und klagend,
des Auges Stern so rein,
Die Blume, Düfte tragend,
das muß die Liebe sein.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Song from Ruy Blas", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

Text added to the website: 2008-07-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:31
Line count: 16
Word count: 68