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Oh, Sainte Medaille... Avant de quitter ces lieux

Oh, Sainte Medaille... Avant de quitter ces lieux

Valentin's aria from Faust
From the German by Goethe
O sainte médaille,
Qui me vient de ma soeur,
Au jour de la bataille,
Pour écarter la mort,
Reste sur mon coeur.
Avant de quitter ces lieux,
Sol natal de mes aïeux
A toi, Seigneur et Roi des cieux,
Ma soeur je confie.
Daigne de tout danger
Toujours, toujours la proteger,
Cette soeur si chérie
daigne de tout danger la proteger,
Daigne la protéger de tout danger!
Délivré d'une triste pensée
J'irai chercher la gloire,
La gloire au sein des ennemis,
Le prémier,le plus brave,
Au fort de la mèlée,
J’irai combattre pour mon pays,
Et si, vers lui, Dieu me rappelle,
Je veillerai sur toi fidèle,
Ô Marguerite!
Avant de quitter ses lieux,
Sol natale de mes aïeux,
A toi, Seigneur et Roi des cieux,
Ma soeur je confie!
Ô Roi des cieux, jette les yeux,
Protège Marguerite, Roi des cieux!

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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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