Translation © by Shula Keller

Quand viendra la saison nouvelle
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): 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 
     Siffler.

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"

Authorship

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):

  • 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

Villanelle
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,
Serenade!
 
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!

Authorship

  • Singable translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2009 by Shula Keller, (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.
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This text was added to the website: 2009-07-27
Line count: 24
Word count: 157