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Language: French (Français)

Lydia sur tes roses joues
Et sur ton col frais et si blanc,
[Que le lait, coule étincelant]1 
L'or fluide que tu dénoues;

Le jour qui luit est le meilleur,
Oublions l'éternelle tombe.
Laisse tes baisers de colombe
Chanter sur [tes lèvres]2 en fleur.

Un lys caché répand sans cesse
Une odeur divine en ton sein;
Les délices comme un essaim
Sortent de toi, jeune déesse.

Je t'aime et meurs, ô mes amours.
Mon âme en baisers m'est ravie!
O Lydia, rends-moi la vie,
Que je puisse mourir toujours!

Translation(s): ENG GER DUT

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1 Fauré: "Roule étincelant"
2 Fauré: "ta lèvre"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Rowcliffe Browne) , title 1: "Lydia", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Lydia", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Marike Lindhout) , title 1: "Lydia", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: German (Deutsch)

 Lydia, deine rosigen Wangen
 und deinen jungen, weißen Nacken
 umfließt glänzend das goldene Haar,
 das du gelöst hast.

 Der aufleuchtende Tag ist der beste.
 Vergessen die ewige Gruft.
 Lass deine unschuldigen Küsse
 auf deinen blühenden Lippen klingen.

 Eine verborgene Lilie verströmt ohn' Unterlass
 einen köstlichen Duft um deinen Busen;
 unendlicher Liebreiz
 geht von dir aus, junge Göttin.

 Ich liebe dich und sterbe, o meine Liebe.
 Deine Liebkosungen haben mich entrückt,
 o Lydia, gib mir mein Leben wieder,
 auf dass ich immerfort sterben kann.

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    * Translation from French (Français) to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2004 by Bertram Kottmann <BKottmann (AT)>, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol ©

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Text added to the website: 2004-12-29.