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Reviens, reviens, ma bien‑aimée

Language: French (Français)

Reviens, reviens, ma bien-aimée !
Comme une fleur loin du soleil,
La fleur de ma vie est fermée,
Loin de ton sourire vermeil.

Entre nos coeurs [tant de]1 distance !
Tant d'espace entre nos baisers !
Ô sort amer! ô dure absence !
Ô grands désirs inapaisés !

D'ici là-bas que de campagnes,
Que de villes et de hameaux,
Que de vallons et de montagnes,
À lasser le pied des chevaux !

Au pays qui me prend ma belle,
Hélas! si je pouvais aller ;
Et si mon corps avait une aile
Comme mon âme pour voler !

Par-dessus [les]2 vertes collines,
Les montagnes au front d'azur,
Les champs rayés et les ravines,
J'irais d'un vol rapide et sûr.

Le corps ne suit pas la pensée;
Pour moi, mon âme, va tout droit,
Comme une colombe blessée,
[S'abattre]3 au rebord de son toit.

Descends dans sa gorge divine,
Blonde et fauve comme de l'or,
Douce comme un duvet d'hermine,
Sa gorge, mon royal trésor ;

Et dis, mon âme, à cette belle :
«[Tu sais bien qu'il compte les jours!]4
Ô ma colombe! à tire d'aile,
Retourne au nid de nos amours.»



Translation(s): ENG ITA GER GER ENG
G. Bizet sets stanzas 1, 2, 4-6, 8
E. Lavigne sets stanzas 1, 2, 4-6, 8
H. Berlioz sets stanzas 1-3
J. Depret sets stanzas 1, 2, 6, 8 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
L. Kreutzer sets stanzas 1-3

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Berlioz: "quelle"
2 Bizet, David, Lavigne: "nos"
3 Bizet, David, Lavigne: "T'abattre"
4 Lavigne: appears as the last line of this verse.

Authorship

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

Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) , title 1: "Trennung" [an adaptation] ENG ITA ENG Set in English, a translation by Theodore Baker (1851 - 1934) , title unknown ITA GER [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English [singable] (Samuel Byrne) , title 1: "Absence"
    * ITA Italian (Italiano) (Enrico Magnani) , title 1: "Assenza", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Anderwärts", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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