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Lune malade

Language: French (Français)

O Lune, nocturne phtisique,
Sur le noir oreiller des cieux,
Ton immense regard fièvreux
M'attire comme une musique!

Tu meurs d'un amour chimérique,
Et d'un désir silencieux,
O Lune, nocturne phtisique,
Sur le noir oreiller des cieux!

Mais 'dans sa volupté physique
L'amant qui passe insoucieux
Prend pour des rayons gracieux
Ton sang blanc et mélancolique,
O Lune, nocturne phtisique!

Translation(s): ENG GER

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The consumptive moon", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-16 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-04-24 11:32:59

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Word count: 60

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The consumptive moon

Language: English after the French (Français)

O phthisic moon, wasting away by night,
upon the sky's black pillow,
your immense, feverish gaze
dresses me up as if I were Music!

You die of a chimerical love
and a silent longing,
O phthisic moon, wasting away by night,
upon the sky's black pillow.

But in her physical ecstasies,
your lover, passing by with not a care,
takes your blood, white and melancholy
as it is, for sweet moonbeams.
O phthisic moon, wasting away by night.

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Text added to the website: 2018-07-12 00:00:00.

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Word count: 78