Sous le dôme épais (Léo Delibes)

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  • CPDL #19627:       
Editor: Claude Tallet (submitted 2009-06-12).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 213 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Sous le dôme épais
Composer: Léo Delibes

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularOpera

Language: French
Instruments: Orchestra

Published: 1883

Description: 'The Flower Duet' from 'Lakmé', act I, scene 2

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Sous le dôme épais où le blanc jasmin
À la rose s’assemble,
Sur la rive en fleurs, riant au matin,
Viens, descendons ensemble.
Doucement glissons en suivant
Le courant fuyant
Dans l’onde frémissante.
D’une main nonchalante,
Viens, gagnons le bord
où la source dort,
où l’oiseau chante.
Dôme épais, blanc jasmin
nous appellent ensemble !

- Mais je ne sais quelle crainte subite
S’empare de moi
Quand mon père va seul à leur ville maudite,
Je tremble d’effroi !
- Pour que le Dieu Ganeça le protège,
Jusqu’à l’étang où s’ébattent joyeux
Les cygnes aux ailes de neige,
Allons cueillir les lotus bleus.

Sous le dôme épais…

English.png English translation

A dense dome of jasmine and roses clings together,
flowery waterside and fresh morning together call us.
Ah! Let us glide as we follow the fleeting current
among the trembling waves.
Blithely steering, let us gain the shore
where a bird is singing.
The dense dome, the white jasmine
together call us!

- But a strange fear suddenly grips me
when my father goes alone into their accursed town
I tremble with fright!
- So that the god Ganesh may protect him,
let us go down to the pool
where the swans splash joyfully,
their wings white as snow,
to gather blue lotus blossoms.