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Romance de Mignon (1869)

Romance de Mignon

Le connais-tu ce radieux pays
Où brille dans les branches l’or des fruits?
Un doux zéphyr embaume l’air
Et le laurier s’unit au myrte vert.
Le connais-tu? Le connais-tu?
Là-bas, là-bas mon bien-aimé
Courons porter nos pas.
Le connais-tu ce merveilleux séjour
Où tout me parle encore de notre amour?
Où chaque objet me dit avec douleur
Qui t’a ravi ta joie et ton bonheur?
Le connais-tu? Le connais-tu?
Là-bas, là-bas, mon bien-aimé
Courons porter nos pas.

Mignon's Romance

Do you know that radiant land
Where golden fruit shines among the branches?
A gentle breeze scents the air
And the laurel grows by the green myrtle.
Do you know it? Do you know it?
Yonder, yonder, my beloved.
Hasten, thither let us go.
Do you know that marvellous dwelling
Where all still speaks to me of our love?
Where each thing asks with sadness
Who has robbed you of your joy and happiness?
Do you know it? Do you know it?
Yonder, yonder, my beloved
Hasten, thither let us go.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Eugène Marie Henri Fouques Duparc (21 January 1848 – 12 February 1933) was a French composer of the late Romantic period.

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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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