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Six chansons sur des poésies de Paul Verlaine

Word count: 386

Song Cycle by Pavel Ivanovich Kovalev (1889 - 1951)

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1. Un grand sommeil noir [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

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

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  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , "A long black sleep", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Egy álom", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Un grand sommeil noir
Tombe sur ma vie :
Dormez, tout espoir,
Dormez, toute envie !

Je ne vois plus rien,
Je perds la mémoire
Du mal et du bien...
Ô la triste histoire !

Je suis un berceau
Qu'une main balance
Au creux d'un caveau :
Silence, silence !


Originally titled Berceuse (Cellulairement, no. 8).


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2. Le piano que baise une main frêle [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): CZE GER GER RUS SLO

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Le piano que baise une main frêle,
Luit dans le soir rose et gris vaguement,
Tandis qu'avec un très léger bruit d'aile,
Un air bien vieux, bien faible et bien charmant,
Rôde discret, épeuré quasiment,
Par le boudoir longtemps parfumé d'Elle.

Qu'est-ce que c'est que ce berceau soudain
Qui lentement dorlote mon pauvre être ?
Que voudrais-tu de moi, doux Chant badin ?
Qu'as-tu voulu, fin refrain incertain
Qui vas tantôt mourir vers la fenêtre 
Ouverte un peu sur le petit jardin ?


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3. Chant 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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4. Va, chanson [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG GER

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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "Fly, song", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Va, chanson, à tire d'aile au devant d'elle,
Et dis lui bien que dans mon coeur fidèle
Un rayon joyeux a lui et que voici le grand jour!

Entendez-vous longtemps muette
Et craintive, la gaîté,
Comme une vive alouette,
Dans le ciel clair a chanté,

Va donc, chanson ingénue,
Et, que sans nul regret vain
Elle soit la bienvenue.
Celle qui revient enfin!


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5. Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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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6. À Clymène [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): ENG

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Clymène", copyright ©


Mystiques barcarolles,
Romances sans paroles,
Chère, puisque tes yeux,
  Couleur des cieux,

Puisque ta voix, étrange
Vision qui dérange
Et trouble l'horizon
  De ma raison,

Puisque l'arôme insigne
De ta pâleur de cygne,
Et puisque la candeur
  De ton odeur,

Ah ! puisque tout ton être,
Musique qui pénètre,
Nimbes d'anges défunts,
  Tons et parfums,

A, sur d'almes cadences,
En ses correspondances
Induit mon cœur subtil,
  Ainsi soit-il !


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