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Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil? (1906) Op. 95 no.7

Part of a series or song cycle:

La chanson d'Ève (Op. 95)

Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil?

Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil,
Mon arôme d’abeilles blondes,
Flottes-tu sur le monde,
Mon doux parfum de miel?
La nuit, lorsque mes pas
Dans le silence rôdent,
M’annonces-tu, senteur de mes lilas,
Et de mes roses chaudes?
Suis-je comme une grappe de fruits
Cachés dans les feuilles,
Et que rien ne décèle,
Mais qu’on odore dans la nuit?
Sait-il, à cette heure,
Que j’entr’ouvre ma chevelure,
Et qu’elle respire;
Le sent-il sur la terre?
Sent-il que j’étends les bras,
Et que des lys de mes vallées
Ma voix qu’il n’entend pas
Est embaumée?

Are you awake, my fragrant sun?

Are you awake, my fragrant sun,
My scent of bright-coloured bees,
Do you drift across the world,
My sweet aroma of honey?
At night, while my steps
Prowl in the silence,
Do you, who scent my lilacs
And vivid roses, proclaim me?
Am I like a bunch of fruit
Hidden in the foliage,
That nothing reveals
But whose fragrance is felt at night?
Does he know at this hour
That I am loosening my tresses
And that they are breathing;
Does he sense it on earth?
Does he sense that I reach out my arms,
And that my voice – which he cannot hear –
Is fragrant
With lilies from my valleys?

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​"Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style." (Wikipedia)

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Charles van Lerberghe was a Flemish (Belgian) symbolist poet writing in French.

His poetry was set by Gabriel Fauré in the song cycles La chanson d'Ève and Le jardin clos.

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