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O ma belle rebelle (1842)

O ma belle rebelle

O ma belle rebelle,
Las! que tu m'es cruelle!
Ou quand d'un doux souris,
Larron de mes espris,
Ou quand d'une parole,
Mignardètement molle,
Ou quand d'un regard d'yeux
Fierement gracieux,
Ou quand d'un petit geste,
Tout divin, tout celeste,
En amoureuse ardeur
Tu plonges tout mon cœur.
O ma belle rebelle,
Las! que tu m'es cruelle!
Quand la cuisante ardeur
Qui me brusle le cœur
Fait que je te demande
A sa bruslure grande,
Un rafraichissement
D'un baiser seulement!
O ma belle rebelle,
Las! que tu m'es cruelle!
Quand d'un petit baiser
Tu ne veux m'apaiser.
Me puisse-je un jour, dure,
Vanger de ton injure ;
Mon petit maistre Amour
Te puisse outrer un jour!
Et pour moy langoureuse
Il te face amoureuse,
Comme il m'a langoureux
Pour toi fait amoureux.
Alors par ma vengeance
Tu auras connaissance
Quel mal fait du baiser
Un amant refuser.

O my rebellious belle

O my rebellious belle,
Alas, how cruel you are,
When with a sweet smile
You steal my soul,
Or with a soft
Seductive word,
Or with a proud
And winning glance,
Or with a little gesture,
So heavenly and divine,
You plunge my heart
Into ardent rapture.
O my rebellious belle,
Alas, how cruel you are,
When the burning desire
That consumes my heart
Compels me to beg of you
A single kiss
To quench
Its conflagration!
O my rebellious belle,
Alas, how cruel you are,
When with a little kiss
You will not soothe me.
May I one day, O callous one,
Return the harm you caused me,
May my little master, Cupid,
Pierce your heart one day
And make you
Pine for me,
As he made me pine
With love for you!
By my revenge
You then shall know
The harm you cause
In refusing a lover a kiss.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Composer

Charles-François Gounod was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera Faust.

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Poet

Jean Antoine de Baïf was a French poet and member of the Pléiade.


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