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L’aube naît (1856)

L’aube naît

L'aube naît, et ta porte est close !
Ma belle, pourquoi sommeiller ?
À l'heure où s'éveille la rose
Ne vas-tu pas te réveiller ?
Ô ma charmante,
Écoute ici
L'amant qui chante
Et pleure aussi !
Toute frappe à ta porte bénie.
L'aurore dit : Je suis le jour !
L'oiseau dit : Je suis l'harmonie !
Et mon cœur dit : Je suis l'amour!
Ô ma charmante,
Écoute ici
L'amant qui chante
Et pleure aussi !
Je t'adore, ange, et t'aime, femme.
Dieu qui pour toi m'a complété
A fait mon amour pour ton âme,
Et mon regard pour ta beauté !
Ô ma charmante,
Écoute ici
L'amant qui chante
Et pleure aussi !

Day dawns

Day dawns and your door is closed!
Why, my sweet, do you still sleep?
At the hour when the rose awakes,
Are you not going to waken?
O my charming one,
Listen
To your lover who sings
And also weeps!
All things knock at your hallowed door.
The dawn says: I am the day!
The bird says: I am harmony!
And my heart says: I am love!
O my charming one,
Listen
To your lover who sings
And also weeps!
I adore you, angel, and love you, woman.
God, who has perfected me for you,
Has created my love for your soul,
And my gaze for your beauty!
O my charming one,
Listen
To your lover who sings
And also weeps!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

Poet

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry and then from his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). He also produced more than 4,000 drawings, which have since been admired for their beauty, and earned widespread respect as a campaigner for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.

Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon. His legacy has been honoured in many ways, including his portrait being placed on French franc banknotes.

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