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Deux Romances

Word count: 113

Song Cycle by Claude Achille Debussy (1862 - 1918)

Italian (Italiano) translation: Due romances
German (Deutsch) translation: Zwei Romanzen
English translation: Two Romances
German (Deutsch) translation: Zwei Romanzen (Bertram Kottmann)

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1. Les cloches [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG GER

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  • ENG English (Grant A. Lewis) , "The bells", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Die Glocken", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Les feuilles s'ouvraient sur le bord des branches
    Délicatement.
Les cloches tintaient, légères et franches,
    Dans le ciel clément.

Rythmique et fervent comme une antienne,
    Ce lointain appel
Me remémorait la blancheur chrétienne
    Des fleurs de l'autel.

Ces cloches parlaient d'heureuses années,
    Et, dans le grand bois,
Semblaient reverdir les feuilles fanées,
    Des jours d'autrefois.


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2. Romance [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG ENG GER

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  • ENG English (Korin Kormick) , "Romance", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Romance", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Romanze", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


L'âme évaporée et souffrante,
L'âme douce, l'âme odorante
Des lys divins que j'ai cueillis
Dans le jardin de ta pensée,
Où donc les vents l'ont-ils chassée,
Cette âme adorable des lys?

N'est-il plus un parfum qui reste
De la suavité céleste
Des jours où tu m'enveloppais
D'une vapeur surnaturelle,
Faite d'espoir, d'amour fidèle,
De béatitude et de paix?...


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