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Paysages tristes

Word count: 279

Song Cycle by Charles Bordes (1863 - 1909)

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1. Soleils couchants [ sung text checked 1 time]

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

2. Chanson d'automne [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG GER GER GER GER GER GER GER HUN HUN ITA RUS SPA

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  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "The long sobs", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Judith Kellock) , "Song of autumn", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Autumn song", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Herbstlied", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Herbstgesang", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , "Herbstlied", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canzone d'autunno", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Les sanglots longs
des violons
   de l'automne
blessent mon coeur
d'une langueur
   monotone.

Tout suffocant
et blême, quand
   sonne l'heure.
je me souviens
des jours anciens,
   et je pleure...

Et je m'en vais
au vent mauvais
   qui m'emporte
de çà, de là,
pareil à la
   feuille morte...


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3. L'heure du berger [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): CZE ENG GER HUN HUN

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  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , "The shepherd's hour", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Pierre Mathé) , "Die Schäferstunde", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Pásztoróra", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Pásztoróra", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


La lune est rouge au brumeux horizon;
Dans un brouillard qui danse, la prairie
S'endort fumeuse, et la grenouille crie
Par les joncs verts où circule un frisson.

Les fleurs des eaux referment leurs corolles;
Des peupliers profilent aux lointains
Droits et serrés, leurs spectres incertains;
Vers les buissons errent les lucioles;

Les chats-huants s'éveillent, et sans bruit
Rament l'air noir avec leurs ailes lourdes,
Et le zénith s'emplit de lueurs sourdes
Blanche, Vénus émerge, et c'est la Nuit.


Submitted by Corinne Orde

4. Promenade sentimentale [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG RUS

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  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , "Sentimental stroll", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Le couchant dardait ses rayons suprêmes
Et le vent berçait les nénuphars blêmes.
Les grands nénuphars entre les roseaux
Tristement luisaient sur les calmes eaux.

Moi j'errais tout seul promenant ma plaie
Le long de l'étang, parmi la saulaie
Où la brume vague évoquait un grand
Fantôme laiteux, et désespérant,

Et pleurant avec la voix des sarcelles
Qui se rappelaient en battant des ailes
Parmi la saulaie où j'errais tout seul
Promenant ma plaie; et l'épais linceul

Des ténèbres vint noyer les suprêmes
Rayons du couchant en ses ondes blêmes
Et des nénuphars parmi les roseaux,
Des grands nénuphars sur les calmes eaux.


Submitted by Geoffrey Wieting

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