Translation © by Shula Keller

Quand viendra la saison nouvelle
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRI GER GER ITA
Quand viendra la saison nouvelle,
Quand auront disparu les froids,
Tous les deux, nous irons, ma belle,
Pour cueillir le muguet au bois;
Sous nos pieds égrénant les perles
Que l'on voit, au matin trembler,
Nous irons écouter les merles 

Le printemps est venu, ma belle;
C'est le mois des amants béni;
Et l'oiseau, satinant son aile,
Dit [des]1 vers au rebord du nid.
[Oh !]2 viens donc sur [le]3 banc de mousse
Pour parler de nos beaux amours,
Et dis-moi de ta voix si douce: 
    «Toujours !»

Loin, bien loin égarant nos courses,
Faisons fuir le lapin caché,
Et le daim au miroir des sources
Admirant son grand bois penché ;
Puis chez nous tout [joyeux]4, tout aises,
En paniers, enlaçant nos doigts,
Revenons rapportant des fraises
    Des bois.

J. Radoux sets stanzas 1-3
P. Viardot sets stanzas 1-2
E. Lacheurié sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Théophile Gauthier, La comédie de la mort, Desessart editeur, Paris, 1838, page 361.

1 Berlioz: "ses"
2 Viardot: "Ah ! "
3 Berlioz, Lavigne, Viardot: "ce"
4 Berlioz, Lavigne: "heureux"


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:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) , "Ländliches Lied" ; composed by Hector Berlioz, Mathilde von Kralik.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by F. Bachmann ; composed by Louis Lacombe.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Samuel Byrne) , "Villanelle"
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Villanelle", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2015
  • FRI Frisian (Geart van der Meer) , "Villanelle", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Villanelle", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Contadinella", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 131

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
When the season changes all around us --
When the cold winter frost is gone --
To the forest we'll go, my darling --
There to gather the Primrose flow'r.

Strolling through the dewy bushes --
How they tremble beneath our -- soles !
(2) - We'll run and hear the cheerful Thrushes,
Spring has come, all for us, my darling
Now is time for our lovers' joy --
All the birds - shining wings of satin-
Chanting brightly their nesting calls.

Oh, come down to the mossy bower
By the water to share our secrets -
- Oh, whisper softly, say it truly  --
Oh, tell me: " always and forever, ever more".
Far and wide, wandering together,
Scaring off the secluded hare -
At the spring, noble deer stands gazing
Glorious antlers reflect his pride.

Then, gone home with our hearts rejoicing
Fingers, hands, and  arms entwined -
-- (2) - And full to brim with forest berries -
Of the wild!


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This text was added to the website: 2009-07-27
Line count: 24
Word count: 157