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Les papillons

Language: French

Les papillons couleur de neige
Volent par essaims sur la mer;
Beaux papillons blancs, quand pourrai-je
Prendre le bleu chemin de l'air?

Savez-vous, ô belle des belles,
Ma bayadère aux yeux de jais,
S'ils me [pouvaient]1 prêter leurs ailes,
Dites, savez-vous où j'irais?

Sans prendre un seul baiser aux roses,
À travers vallons et forêts,
J'irais à vos lèvres mi-closes,
Fleur de mon âme, et j'y mourrais.



Translation(s): ENG GER ITA ITA ENG ENG ENG

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1 in some settings, "voulaient"

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, a translation by Karl Vollheim , "Ein Wunsch" ENG ENG ITA Set in Italian, a translation by Giuseppe Zaffira , title unknown ENG GER ENG [text unavailable] Set in Italian, a translation by Angelo Zanardini (1820 - 1893) , title unknown ENG GER ENG [text unavailable] Set in English, a translation possibly by Paul England GER ITA [text unavailable] Set in English, a translation by H. D. Banning , title unknown GER ITA [text unavailable] Set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown GER ITA [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Peter Low) , "The butterflies", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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