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Dans un parfum de roses blanches

by Gabriel Fauré From La chanson d'Ève (1906) Op. 95

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Dans un parfum de roses blanches
French source: Charles van Lerberghe

Dans un parfum de roses blanches
Elle est assise et songe;
Et l’ombre est belle comme s’il s’y mirait un ange.

L’ombre descend, le bosquet dort;
Entre les feuilles et les branches,
Sur le paradis bleu s’ouvre un paradis d’or.

Une voix qui chantait, tout à l’heure, murmure.
Un murmure s’exhale en haleine, et s’éteint.

Dans le silence il tombe des pétales …

Amid the scent of white roses
English translation © Richard Stokes

Amid the scent of white roses
She sits and dreams;
And the shade is fair, as if an angel were mirrored there.

Darkness falls, the grove sleeps;
Among the leaves and branches,
A golden paradise opens out over the blue.

A voice which sang but now, now murmurs.
A murmur is breathed, and dies away.

In the silence petals fall …

Dans un parfum de roses blanches
French source: Charles van Lerberghe

Amid the scent of white roses
English source: Richard Stokes

Dans un parfum de roses blanches
Amid the scent of white roses
Elle est assise et songe;
She sits and dreams;
Et l’ombre est belle comme s’il s’y mirait un ange.
And the shade is fair, as if an angel were mirrored there.

L’ombre descend, le bosquet dort;
Darkness falls, the grove sleeps;
Entre les feuilles et les branches,
Among the leaves and branches,
Sur le paradis bleu s’ouvre un paradis d’or.
A golden paradise opens out over the blue.

Une voix qui chantait, tout à l’heure, murmure.
A voice which sang but now, now murmurs.
Un murmure s’exhale en haleine, et s’éteint.
A murmur is breathed, and dies away.

Dans le silence il tombe des pétales …
In the silence petals fall …

Composer

Gabriel Fauré

  ​"Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his…

Poet

Charles van Lerberghe

Charles van Lerberghe was a Flemish (Belgian) symbolist poet writing in French. His poetry was set by Gabriel Fauré in the song cycles La chanson d'Ève and Le jardin clos. Taken from Wikipedia. To view the full article, please click here.

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