by Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

À quoi bon entendre
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG SPA
À quoi bon entendre
Les oiseaux des bois?
L'oiseau le plus tendre
Chante dans ta voix.

Que Dieu montre ou voile
Les astres des cieux!
La plus pure étoile
Brille dans tes yeux.

Qu'avril renouvelle
Le jardin en fleur!
La fleur la plus belle
Fleurit dans ton coeur.

Cet [oiseau]1 de flamme,
Cet astre du jour,
Cette fleur de l'âme,
S'appelle l'amour!

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1 Chabrier: "fleur" (flower)


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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Jos. Van de Vijver) , "Serenade"
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 2016
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alberto Bonati) , "Para qué escuchar", copyright © 2007, (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: 16
Word count: 62

Why should one listen
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Why should one listen
To the birds of the wood?
The most tender bird
Sings in your voice.

Let God reveal or hide
The stars in the sky!
The most pure star
Shines in your eyes.

Let April renew
The flowering garden!
The most lovely flower
Blossoms in your heart.

This [bird]1 of passion,
This star of day,
This flower of the soul -
It is called Love!

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Translation of title "À la bien aimée" = "To the beloved"
1 Chabrier: "flower"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 68