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Rosamonde (1894)


Pourquoi tarde-t'il à venir
Quand je suis à l'attendre,
Craint-il, hélas ! mon regard tendre
Et mon premier soupir !
Dieu qui daignez nous bénir,
Pitié, pitié pour mon martyr !
Oubliant les travaux du jour,
Au village on sommeille,
Quand moi seule ici je veille
Conduite par l’amour !
Faut-il attendre son retour
Dans ce triste séjour !
Ah ! des larmes voilent mes yeux, m'est-il infidèle !
Peut être hélas une autre belle
Écoute ses aveux ?
Ah ! si là-haut l'on aime mieux,
Je veux monter aux cieux !


Why does he tarry,
When I await him?
Ah, does he fear my tender gaze
And my first sigh?
O God, who deigns to bless us,
Take pity on my suffering!
Forgetting their day’s work,
All in the village are sleeping,
I alone am awake,
Led on by Love!
Must I await his return
In this dismal place?
Ah, tears shall blind me, should he prove unfaithful!
Perhaps, alas, another beauty
Is listening to his vows?
Ah! if people love better above us,
I shall ascend to heaven!

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