by François Coppée (1842 - 1908)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Mignonne, voici l'Avril !
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Zanetto, chantant dans le lointain
Mignonne, voici l'Avril !
Le soleil revient d'exil ;
Tous le nids sont en querelles;
L'air est pur, le ciel léger,
Et partout on voit neiger
Des plumes de tourterelles.1

Prends, pour que nous nous trouvions,
Le chemin des papillons
Et des frêles demoiselles;
Viens, car tu sais qu'on t'attend
Sous le bois, près de l'étang
Où vont boire les gazelles !

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1 Coppée wrote the following stanza to be inserted after the first stanza for Massenet's setting. It does not appear in Le Passant.
Fuis le miroir séduisant
Où tu nattes à présent
L'or de tes cheveux de fée;
Laisse là rubans et noeuds,
Car les buissons épineux
T'auront bientôt décoiffé.


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Sweetheart, April is here!
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Sweetheart, April is here!
The sun returns from exile;
All of the nests are in squabbles;
The air is pure, the sky light,
And everywhere one sees snowing [down]
The feathers of turtle doves.1

Take, so that we may find each other,
The path of the butterflies
And of the frail maidens;
Come, for you know that someone is waiting for you
In the woods, near the pond
Where the gazelles come to drink!

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Translations of title(s):
"Sérénade de Zanetto" = "Zanetto's serenade"
"Voici l'Avril" = "April is here"
"Sérénade du passant" = "Serenade of the passerby"
"Chanson d'avril" = "Song of April"
"Le passant" = "The passerby"

1 Translation of stanza inserted for Massenet's setting:
The seductive mirror flees
Where you are now braiding
The gold of your fairy hair;
Leave [the] ribbons and tangles there,
For the thorny bushes
Will soon dishevel your hair.


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Line count: 13
Word count: 75