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Cinq poèmes français de Rainer-Marie Rilke

Word count: 177

Song Cycle by Georges Colin (1921 - 2002)

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

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG GER

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  • ENG English (Grant Hicks) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Chemins qui ne mènent nulle part 
entre deux prés, 
que l’on dirait avec art 
de leur but détournés, 

chemins qui souvent n’ont 
devant eux rien d’autre en face 
que le pur espace 
et la saison.


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2. Puisque tout passe [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): CAT ENG GER SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Puix que tot passa", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "Since all is passing", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Puisque tout passe, faisons
la mélodie passagère ;
celle qui nous désaltère,
aura de nous raison.

Chantons ce qui nous quitte
avec amour et art ;
soyons plus vite
que le rapide départ.


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3. Reste tranquille [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

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Reste tranquille, si soudain
l'Ange à ta table se décide ;
efface doucement les quelques rides
que fait la nappe sous ton pain.

Tu offriras ta rude nourriture
pour qu'il en goûte à son tour,
et qu'il soulève à sa lèvre pure
un simple verre de tous les jours.

Ingénuement, en ouvrier céleste,
il prête à tout une calme attention ;
il mange bien en imitant ton geste,
pour bien bâtir à ta maison.


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4. Ce soir mon cœur [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG GER

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ce soir mon cœur fait chanter
des anges qui se souviennent...
Une voix, presque mienne,
par trop de silence tentée,

monte et se décide
à ne plus revenir;
tendre et intrépide,
à quoi va-t-elle s'unir?


Submitted by Bertram Kottmann

5. Solitude

Language: French (Français)

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