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This poem by Victor Hugo, dated 1834, has also been set to music by Gabriel Fauré, Franz Listz, Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck, Jules Massenet, Charles Widor and Alain Jacques (non exhaustive). Most settings exclude the 2nd stanza of the original poem, retaining only the 1st and 3rd. Literal translation of the 3 stanzas (AJ):
1. If there is a charming lawn That heaven waters, Where shines in every season Some flower in bloom, Where one can gather by handfuls Lilies, honeysuckles and jasmins, I want to make it the path For your foot to rest on!
2._If there is a truly loving bosom That is ruled by honour, And whose firm dedication Has nothing morose in it, If this noble bosom always Beats for a worthy cause, I want to make it the pillow For your forehead to rests on!
3. If there is a dream of love, Perfumed with roses, In which one can find everyday Some sweet thing, A dream blessed by God, Where the soul unites with the soul, Oh! I want to make it the nest For your heart to rest in!