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Villanelle rythmique

Language: French

Quand viendra la saison nouvelle,
Quand auront disparu les froids,
Tous les deux, nous irons, ma belle,
Pour cueillir le muguet aux bois;
Sous nos pieds égrénant les perles
Que l'on voit, au matin trembler,
Nous irons écouter les merles 
     Siffler.

Le printemps est venu, ma belle;
C'est le mois des amants béni;
Et l'oiseau, satinant son aile,
Dit [des]1 vers au rebord du nid.
Oh ! viens donc sur [le]2 banc de mousse
Pour parler de nos beaux amours,
Et dis-moi de ta voix si douce: 
    «Toujours !»

Loin, bien loin égarant nos courses,
Faisons fuir le lapin caché,
Et le daim au miroir des sources
Admirant son grand bois penché ;
Puis chez nous tout [joyeux]3, tout aises,
En paniers, enlaçant nos doigts,
Revenons rapportant des fraises
    Des bois.



Translation(s): ENG GER FRI ITA ENG GER GER
J. Radoux sets stanzas 1-3
E. Lacheurié sets stanzas 1-2

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Berlioz: "ses"
2 Berlioz, Lavigne: "ce"
3 Berlioz, Lavigne: "heureux"

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) , "Ländliches Lied" ENG FRI ITA Set in German, a translation by F. Bachmann , title unknown ENG FRI ITA [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English [singable] (Samuel Byrne) , "Villanelle"
    * GER German (Nele Gramss) , "Villanelle", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRI Frisian (Geart van der Meer) , "Villanelle", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Contadinella", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Villanelle", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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