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Enfant, si j'étais roi, je donnerais...

Language: French (Français)

[Enfant,]1 si j'étais roi, je donnerais l'empire,
Et mon char, et mon sceptre, et mon peuple à genoux,
Et ma couronne d'or, et mes bains de porphyre,
Et mes flottes, à qui la mer ne peut suffire,
Pour un regard de vous!

Si j'étais Dieu, la terre et l'air avec les ondes,
Les anges, les démons courbés devant ma loi,
Et le profond chaos aux entrailles fécondes,
L'éternité, l'espace et les cieux et les mondes,
Pour un baiser de toi!



Translation(s): ENG GER SPA CHI ENG

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1 Goldschmidt's setting begins "Si j'étais roi"; further changes may exist not noted above.
Note: the poem is headed with the following quote:

    C'est une âme charmante. 
                --DIDEROT.

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 unknown ENG CHI SPA
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "Child, if I were king, I would give the empire", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * SPA Spanish (Español) (Alberto Bonati) , title 1: "Niña, si yo fuera rey, daría el imperio", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Yen-Chiang Che) , title 1: "孩子,如果我是國王 ", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title 1: "My child, were I a king"

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