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Le spectre de la rose

Language: French

Soulêve ta paupière close
Qu'effleure un songe virginal;
Je suis le spectre d'une rose
Que tu portais hier au bal.
Tu me pris encore emperlée
Des pleurs d'argent de l'arrosoir,
Et, parmi la fête étoilée,
Tu me promenas tout le soir.

Ô toi qui de ma mort fus cause,
Sans que tu puisses le chasser,
[Toute la nuit]1 mon spectre rose
À ton chevet viendra danser.
Mais ne crains rien, je ne réclame
Ni messe ni De Profundis;
Ce léger parfum est mon äme,
Et j'arrive du du paradis.

Mon destin fut digne d'envie,
[Pour avoir un trépas]2 si beau,
Plus d'un aurait donné sa vie,
[Car j'ai ta gorge pour]3 tombeau,
Et sur l'albâtre où je repose
Un poëte avec un baiser
Écrivit: "Ci-gît une rose
Que tous les rois vont jalouser."



Translation(s): ENG GER ITA FRI

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Berlioz: "Toutes les nuits"
2 Berlioz: "Et pour avoir un sort"
3 Berlioz: "Car sur ton sein j'ai mon"

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 Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874) , "Der Geist der Rose" ENG FRI ITA
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The ghost of the rose", copyright ©
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Lo spettro della rosa", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , "De siele fan de roas", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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