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Calme des nuits, Op. 68, No. 1

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

 

Original Text

Calme des nuits, fraîcheur des soirs,
vaste scintillement des mondes,
grand silence des antres noirs,
vous charmez les âmes profondes.

L’éclat du soleil, la gaiété,
le bruit plaisent aux plus futiles.
Le poète seul est hanté
par l’amour des choses tranquilles.

 

 

 

 

 

English

Stillness of the night, cool of the evening, 
vast shimmering of the spheres,
great silence of black vaults, 
deep thinkers delight in you.

The bright sun, merriment and noise
amuse the more frivolous;
only the poet is possessed
by love of quiet things.

Translation: Jean-Sébastien Kennedy

 


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