Les Papillons, Op. 2, No. 3 (Ernest Chausson)

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Editor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-12).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Les Morts, Op. 17 No. 1)
Composer: Ernest Chausson
Lyricist: Jean Richepincreate page (1849-1926)

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: Piano

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

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 voulaient 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 micloses,
Fleur de mon âme, et j'y mourrais.

English.png English translation

The snow-white butterflies
fly in swarms over the sea.
Beautiful white butterflies, when can I
travel the blue path of the air?

Tell me, oh beauty of beauties,
my dancing-girl with the jet-black eyes -
if they were to lend me their wings,
Tell me, do you know where I would fly?

Not taking one kiss from the roses,
I'd fly across valleys and forests
to alight on your half-closed lips,
Flower of my soul, and there I'd die.