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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)

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