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Four Poems by Paul Verlaine

Word count: 288

Song Cycle by John Alden Carpenter (1876 - 1951)

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1. Il pleure dans mon cœur [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG ENG GER GER GER GER GER GER GER GER RUS RUS

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Il pleure dans mon cœur
Comme il pleut sur la ville ;
Quelle est cette langueur
Qui pénètre mon cœur ?

Ô bruit doux de la pluie,
Par terre et sur les toits!
Pour un cœur qui s'ennuie,
Ô le [chant]1 de la pluie !

Il pleure sans raison
Dans [ce]2 cœur qui s'écœure.
Quoi! nulle trahison ? ...
[Ce]3 deuil est sans raison.

C'est bien la pire peine,
De ne savoir pourquoi
Sans amour et sans haine
Mon cœur a tant de peine!


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1 Debussy: "bruit"
2 Fauré: "mon"; Madetoja: "le"
3 Fauré: "Mon"

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2. Chanson d'automne [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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. Le ciel [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

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

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "監禁", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 2016
  • ENG English (Ernest Dowson) , no title, appears in Decorations, in After Paul Verlaine, no. 4
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il cielo, lassù oltre il tetto", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Desde la prisión", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit,
  Si bleu, si calme !
Un arbre, par-dessus le toit,
  Berce sa palme.

La cloche, dans le ciel qu'on voit,
  Doucement tinte.
Un oiseau sur l'arbre qu'on voit
  Chante sa plainte.

Mon Dieu, mon Dieu, la vie est là
  Simple et tranquille.
Cette paisible rumeur-là
  Vient de la ville.

Qu'as-tu fait, ô toi que voilà
  Pleurant sans cesse,
Dis, qu'as-tu fait, toi que voilà,
  De ta jeunesse ?


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4. Dansons la gigue! [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

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   Dansons la gigue!

 J'aimais surtout ses jolis yeux
 Plus clairs que l'étoile des cieux,
 J'aimais ses yeux malicieux.

   Dansons la gigue!

 Elle avait des façons vraiment
 De désoler un pauvre amant,
 Que c'en était vraiment charmant!

   Dansons la gigue!

 Mais je trouve encore meilleur
 Le baiser de sa bouche en fleur
 Depuis qu'elle est morte à mon coeur.

   Dansons la gigue!

 Je me souviens, je me souviens
 Des heures et des entretiens,
 Et c'est le meilleur de mes biens.

   Dansons la gigue!


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