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Mignon (1871)

Mignon

Connais-tu le pays où dans l’immense plaine
Brille comme de l’or le fruit des orangers,
Où sous des cieux bénis une amoureuse haleine
Recueille et porte au loin le parfum des vergers?
Ce pays où le jour plus radieux se lève,
Le connais-tu, dis-moi le connais-tu?
C’est là, mon bien-aimé, que m’emporte mon rêve!
Ah, c’est là!, c’est là! que je voudrais m’en aller avec toi!
Connais-tu la maison toute blanche et posée
Dans les bosquets de myrte aimés des papillons
Et les champs lumineux où la fraîche rosée
Sème ses diamants dans l’herbe des sillons?
Ce pays où le jour plus radieux se lève
Le connais-tu, dis-moi le connais-tu?
C’est là, mon bien-aimé, que m’emporte mon rêve!
Ah, c’est là!, c’est là! que je voudrais m’en aller avec toi!

Mignon

Do you know the land, where in the vast plain
The fruit of the orange-trees gleam like gold,
Where beneath blest skies a loving breeze
Gathers the fragrance of orchards and wafts it away?
That land, where day more radiantly dawns,
Do you know it, O tell me, do you?
It is there, my love, that my dream transports me!
It is there that I would go with you!
Do you know the whitewashed house
Among thickets of myrtle that butterflies love,
And the translucent fields, where fresh dew
Strews diamonds in the grassy furrows?
That land, where day more radiantly dawns,
Do you know it, O tell me, do you?
It is there, my love, that my dream transports me!
It is there that I would go with you!
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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Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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