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Nocturne

Franck (1884)

O fraiche nuit, nuit transparente,
Mystère sans obscurité,
La vie est noire et dévorante
O fraiche nuit, nuit transparente,
Donne-moi ta placidité.

O belle nuit, nuit étoilée,
Vers moi tes regards sont baissés,
Éclaire mon âme troublée,
O belle nuit, nuit étoilée,
Mets ton sourire en mes pensers.

O sainte nuit, nuit taciturne,
Pleine de paix et de douceur,
Mon cœur bouillonne comme une urne,
O sainte nuit, nuit taciturne,
Fais le silence dans mon cœur.

O grande nuit, nuit solennelle,
En qui tout est délicieux,
Prends mon être entier sous ton aile,
O grande nuit, nuit solennelle,
Verse le sommeil en mes yeux.

Louis de Fourcaud

Nocturne

 

O fresh night, transparent night,
mystery without darkness,
life is black and all-devouring
o fresh night, transparent night,
give to me your peace.

O beautiful night, starry night,
towards me your gazes are lowered,
throw light on my troubled soul
o beautiful night, starry night,
place your smile in my thoughts.

O sacred night, taciturn night,
full of peace and gentleness,
my heart is frothing like an cauldron,
o holy sacred, taciturn night,
make silence within my heart.

O great night, solemn night,
in which all is delicious,
take my whole being under your wing,
o great night, solemn night,
pour sleep into my eyes.

© translated by Christopher Goldsack

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