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Quand vous me montrez une rose Qui s'épanouit sous l'azur, Pourquoi suis-je alors plus morose ? Quand vous me montrez une rose, C'est que je pense à son front pur. Quand vous me montrez une étoile, Pourquoi les pleurs, comme un brouillard, Sur mes yeux jettent-ils leur voile ? Quand vous me montrez une étoile, C'est que je pense à son regard. Quand vous me montrez l'hirondelle Qui part jusqu'au prochain avril, Pourquoi mon âme se meurt-elle ? Quand vous me montrez l'hirondelle, C'est que je pense à mon exil.
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- by François Coppée (1842 - 1908), "Romance", appears in Les Récits et les Élégies, in Élégies, in 2. L'Exilée [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Germaine Caveroc , "Romance", published <<1911 [ medium voice and piano ], from Trois mélodies, no. 1, Paris, Éd. F. Laudy [sung text not yet checked]
- by Louis Diémer (1843 - 1919), "Pourquoi ?", published 1875 [ voice and piano ], from Vingt Mélodies, no. 11, Paris : Henri Heugel [sung text checked 1 time]
- by René Esclavy (d. 1927), "Pourquoi", published , first performed 1908 [ medium voice and piano ], from Mélodies - 1er recueil, no. 3, Paris, Éd. J. Poulalion [sung text not yet checked]
- by Benjamin Louis Paul Godard (1849 - 1895), "Pourquoi", published  [ medium voice and piano ], Édition Durand [sung text not yet checked]
- by Mathilde, Baroness Willy de Rothschild (1832 - 1924), "Pourquoi ?" [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Charles Marie Jean Albert Widor (1844 - 1937), "Quand vous me montrez une rose" [ high voice and piano ], from Quarante mélodies, no. 38, Éd. J. Hamelle [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Why?", copyright © 2012
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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-18
Line count: 15
Word count: 90
When you show me a rose that flourished under the sky, why do I grow more sad? When you show me a rose, -- it is because I think of her clear face. When you show me a star, why do tears, like a fog coming in, cast a veil over my sight? When you show me a star, -- it is because I think of her eyes. When you show me the swallow that is leaving until next April, why does my soul die? When you show me the swallow, -- it is because I think upon my exile.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by Emily Ezust
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- a text in French (Français) by François Coppée (1842 - 1908), "Romance", appears in Les Récits et les Élégies, in Élégies, in 2. L'Exilée
This text was added to the website: 2012-11-29
Line count: 15
Word count: 97