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Roses ardentes • Fiery Roses
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The English version presented below is a literal, word-for-word translation. It attempts to preserve the poet's word order as far as possible, for a better appreciation of the composer's musical treatment of individual words and phrases. Download track from iTunes. Corinne Orde & Jonathan Cohen - Fauré & Debussy: Bonne Chanson, Belle Époque - La chanson d'Ève: Roses ardentes


Roses ardentes
Dans l’immobile nuit,
C’est en vous que je chante
Et que je suis.

 

En vous, étincelles
A la cime des bois,
Que je suis éternelle
Et que je vois.

 

Ô mer profonde,
C’est en toi que mon sang
Renaît vague blonde,
Et flot dansant.

 

Et c’est en toi, force suprême,
Soleil radieux,
Que mon âme elle-même
Atteint son dieu!

 

Charles Van Lerberghe


Fiery roses
In the still night,
It is in you that I am singing,
And that I am.

 

In you, sparks
At the tops of the woods,
That I am eternal,
And that I see.

 

O deep sea,
It is in you that my blood
Is reborn as a white-capped wave,
And dancing flow.

 

And it is in you, supreme force,
Radiant sun,
That my very soul
Reaches its God!

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