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Quatre mélodies

Word count: 200

Song Cycle by Paul Le Flem (1881 - 1984)

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1. Mandoline [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): CHI ENG ENG ENG GER GER GER SPA

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Mandolin", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfredo García) , "Mandolina", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Les donneurs de sérénades
Et les belles écouteuses
Échangent des propos fades
Sous les ramures chanteuses.

C'est Tircis et c'est Aminte,
Et c'est l'éternel Clitandre,
Et c'est Damis qui pour mainte
Cruelle [fait]1 maint vers tendre.

Leurs courtes vestes de soie,
Leurs longues robes à queues,
Leur élégance, leur joie
Et leurs molles ombres bleues,

Tourbillonnent dans l'extase
D'une lune rose et grise,
Et la mandoline jase
Parmi les frissons de brise.


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1 Fauré, Hahn: "fit"

Submitted by Nicolas Gounin

2. Soleils couchants [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG ENG GER RUS RUS

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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) (Emily Wyatt) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , "Untergehende Sonnen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Une aube affaiblie
Verse par les champs
La mélancolie
Des soleils couchants.
La mélancolie
Berce de doux chants
Mon coeur qui s'oublie
Aux soleils couchants.
Et d'étranges rêves,
Comme des soleils
Couchants sur les grèves,
Fantômes vermeils,
Défilent sans trêves, 
Défilent, pareils
À des grands soleils
Couchants sur les grèves.


Submitted by Ted Perry

3. Le grillon des foyers [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

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En hiver,
Quand la bûche chante
Dans la cheminée,
Le petit grillon des foyers
Vient écouter la chanson légère
Et si touchante
Que dit le bois qui meurt.
A son tour, le grillon entonne
Son petit couplet monotone.
Puis à l'unisson,
Tandis que la flamme s'irise
La bûche d'or et le noir grillon
Improvisent
Un petit duo sans tapage,
Un petit duo de regrets
Où il y a des odeurs de feuillages
Et le souvenir de la forêt.


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4. Clair de lune

Language: French (Français)

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La pleine lune sur la mer
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