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"Fantaisie aux divins mensonges" Lyrics and Text Translation

Gerard's Aria from Delibes' Opera, Lakme

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Sung in the first act of Delibes' famous opera, Lakme, the officer, Gerald, is left alone in the temple garden to make a sketch of the magnificent jewels left behind by Lakme, daughter of the Brahmin priest, and her servant for his fiancée. As he makes the drawings, he spies Lakme bathing in the river with her servant and is not able to get her out of his mind.

French Lyrics
Prendre le dessin d'un bijou,
Est-ce donc aussi grave?
Ah! Frédéric est fou!

Mais d'où vient maintenant cette crainte insensée?
Quel sentiment surnaturel
A troublé ma pensée
Devant ce calme solennel!
Fille de mon caprice,
L'inconnue est devant mes yeux!
Sa voix à mon oreille glisse
Des mots mystérieux.
Non! Non!

Fantaisie aux divins mensonges, tu reviens m'égarer encor.
Va, retourne au pays de songes,
O fantaisie aux ailes d'or!
Va! Va! Retourne au pays des songes.
O fantaisie aux ailes d'or!

Au bras poli de la païenne
Cette annelet dut s'enlacer!
Elle tiendrait toute en la mienne,
La main qui seule y peut passer!
Ce cercle d'or
Je le suppose,
A suivi les pas voyageurs
D'un petit pied qui ne se pose
Que sur la mousse ou sur les fleurs.
Et ce collier encor parfumé d'elle,
De sa personne encor tout embaumé.
A pu sentir battre son coeur fidèle,
tout tressaillant au nom du bien aimé.
Non! Non! Fuyez!
Fuyez, chimères.
Rêves éphémères
Qui troublez ma raison.
Fantaisie aux divins mensonges,
Tu reviens m'égarer encor.
Va, retourne au pays des songes,
O fantaisie aux ailes d'or.

English Translation
Take this picture of a jewel,
Is it so serious?
Ah! Frédéric is crazy!

But from where does this insane fear come?
What supernatural feeling
Has troubled my thoughts
To this solemn quiet!
Daughter of my caprice,
The unknown is before my eyes!
In my ear his voice whispers
Mysterious words.
No! No!

Fantasy to divine lies, you come back to astray me again.
Go, return into the land of dreams,
O fantasy with golden wings!
Go! Go! Return to the land of dreams.
O fantasy with golden wings!

With the polished arm of the pagan
This ring was intertwined!
It would in any mine,
The only hand that can pass there!
The golden circle
I suppose,
Followed the steps of travelers
From a small foot that arises
On the moss or flowers.
And this necklace still fragrant with her perfume,
His person still completely embalmed.
He could feel his heart beat true,
with the utterance of the name of the beloved.
No! No! Run!
Flee bell ringers.
Ephemeral dreams
Which troubled my mind.
Fantasy to divine lies,
You come back to astray me again.
Go, return to the land of dreams,
O fantasy with golden wings.

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