by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation Singable translation by Charles Fonteyn Manney (1872 - 1951)

S'il est un charmant gazon
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG ENG ITA
S'il est un charmant gazon
  Que le ciel arrose,
Où [brille]1 en toute saison
  Quelque fleur éclose,
Où l'on cueille à [pleine main]2
Lys, chèvrefeuille et jasmin,
J'en veux faire le chemin
  Où ton pied se pose !

S'il est un sein bien aimant
  Dont l'honneur dispose !
Dont le ferme dévoûement
  N'ait rien de morose,
Si toujours ce noble sein
Bat pour un digne dessein,
J'en veux faire le coussin
  Où ton front se pose !

S'il est un rêve d'amour,
  Parfumé de rose,
Où l'on [trouve chaque jour]3
  Quelque douce chose,
Un rêve que Dieu bénit,
Où l'âme à l'âme s'unit,
Oh ! j'en veux faire le nid
  Où ton cœur se pose !

F. Liszt sets stanzas 1, 3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
F. Liszt sets stanzas 1, 3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
F. d'Erlanger sets stanzas 1, 3
C. Widor sets stanzas 1, 3

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Confirmed with Poésies de Victor Hugo: Odes & Ballades, Les Orientales, Les Feuilles d'Automne, Les Chants du Crépuscule, Les Voix Intérieures, Les Rayons & Les Ombres, Paris, Hetzel, 1880, p. 67.

1 Fauré: "naisse"
2 d'Erlanger: "pleines mains"
3 d'Erlanger: "trouve à chaque pas"

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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:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Francis Charles Philips (1849 - 1921) ; composed by Frédéric d'Erlanger, Baron, dit Regnal.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) ; composed by Franz Liszt.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Peter Martin Cornelius Rübner.
  • Also set in Polish (Polski), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Jan Karol Gall.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Olga Platonovna Weiss (1865 - 1935) ; composed by Arseny Nikolayevich Koreshchenko.

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

  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "如果有一個迷人的草地", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "If there be a lovely grassy plot", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "If I knew a meadow fair", first published 1911
  • ENG English (Amy Pfrimmer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Enrico Magnani) , "Sogno d'amore", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 116

If I knew a meadow fair
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
If I knew a meadow fair,
Wet by pearly showers
Where blossom all thro' the year
Never-fading flowers,
Where we cull from largess free
Rose, jasmine, fleur-de-lys,
There a path I'd make for thee
Where thy feet should wander.










Could there be a dream of love
Perfumed by the roses,
Where each day with joy inwove,
Some new charm discloses;
A dream by Heaven bless'd,
Where soul to soul is express'd,
Oh, there thy heart should make a nest
Where my love reposes!

From a Liszt score.

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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):

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2011-04-13
Line count: 16
Word count: 83