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Language: French

Dites, la jeune belle,
Où voulez-vous aller ?
La voile [ouvre]1 son aile,
La brise va souffler !

L'aviron est d'ivoire,
Le pavillon de moire,
Le gouvernail d'or fin ;
J'ai pour lest une orange,
Pour voile une aile d'ange,
Pour mousse un séraphin.

Dites, la jeune belle !
Où voulez-vous aller?
La voile [ouvre]1 son aile,
La brise va souffler !

Est-ce dans la Baltique,
[Sur]2 la mer Pacifique,
Dans l'île de Java ?
Ou bien [dans la]3 Norwége,
Cueillir la fleur de neige,
Ou la fleur d'Angsoka ?

Dites, la jeune belle,
Où voulez-vous aller?
[La voile ouvre son aile,
La brise va souffler!]4

-- Menez-moi, dit la belle,
À la rive fidèle
Où l'on aime toujours.
-- Cette rive, ma chère,
On ne la connaît guère
Au pays des amours.

Translation(s): ENG ENG ITA GER GER ENG

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1 Berlioz: "enfle"
2 Berlioz, Gounod: "Dans"
3 Berlioz, Gounod: "est-ce en"
4 omitted by Berlioz and Gounod


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 English, a translation by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909) , "Love at sea" [an adaptation] ITA GER Set in German, a translation by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) , "Das unbekannte Land" ENG ITA ENG Set in English, a translation by Arthur Warren , title unknown ITA GER [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Say, young beauty, where do you wish to go?", copyright ©
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Dite, mia giovane bella", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * GER German (Bertram Kottmann) , "Die Insel Unbekannt", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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