by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by Peter Low

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".

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 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.

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 there be a lovely grassy plot
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
If there's a lovely grassy plot
watered by the sky
where in every season
some flower blossoms,
where one can freely gather
lilies, woodbines and jasmines...
I wish to make it  the  path
on which you place your  feet.

If there is a loving breast
where honour rules,
where tender devotion
is free from all gloominess,
if this noble breast always
beats for a worthy aim...
I wish to make it  the  pillow
on which you lay your head.

If there is a dream of love
scented with roses,
where one finds every day
something gentle and sweet,
a dream blessed by God
where soul is joined to soul...
oh, I wish to make it the nest
in which you rest your  heart.

Authorship

  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2000 by Peter Low, (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 between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 123