Skip to main content

Songs

Songs

Ouvre ton cœur (1859)

Ouvre ton cœur

La marguerite a fermé sa corolle,
L’ombre a fermé les yeux du jour.
Belle, me tiendras-tu parole?
Ouvre ton cœur à mon amour.
Ouvre ton cœur, ô jeune ange, à ma flamme,
Qu’un rêve charme ton sommeil.
Je veux reprendre mon âme,
Comme une fleur s’ouvre au soleil!

Open your heart

The daisy has closed its petals,
darkness has closed the eyes of day,
will you, fair one, be true to your word?
Open your heart to my love.
Open your heart to my ardour, young angel,
that a dream may charm your sleep –
I wish to recover my soul,
as a flower unfolds to the sun!
Translations by Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

If you would like to use our texts and translations, please click here for more information.

Composer

Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the Romantic era. Best known for his operas in a career cut short by his early death, Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire.

Information from Wikipedia. Please click here for the full article.


See Full Entry

Poet

Louis Delâtre was a French poet and translator.


See Full Entry

Sorry, no further description available.

About Oxford Lieder

Oxford Lieder is one of the world's leading promoters of song and the winner of a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award. The focal point of each year is the two-week Oxford Lieder Festival in October.

Find out More

Mailing List