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Dans un parfum de roses blanches (1906) Op. 95 no.8

Part of a series or song cycle:

La chanson d'Ève (Op. 95)

Dans un parfum de roses blanches

Dans un parfum de roses blanches
Elle est assise et songe;
Et l’ombre est belle comme s’il s’y mirait un ange.
L’ombre descend, le bosquet dort;
Entre les feuilles et les branches,
Sur le paradis bleu s’ouvre un paradis d’or.
Une voix qui chantait, tout à l’heure, murmure.
Un murmure s’exhale en haleine, et s’éteint.
Dans le silence il tombe des pétales …

Amid the scent of white roses

Amid the scent of white roses
She sits and dreams;
And the shade is fair, as if an angel were mirrored there.
Darkness falls, the grove sleeps;
Among the leaves and branches,
A golden paradise opens out over the blue.
A voice which sang but now, now murmurs.
A murmur is breathed, and dies away.
In the silence petals fall …

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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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