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Verlaine Lieder (Four Verlaine Songs)

Word count: 286

Song Cycle by Cecil Coles (1888 - 1918)

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1. Fantastic in appearance [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the French (Français)

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Fantastic in appearance see
The river gliding through the street.
It doth without a murmur roll
Behind a wall of full five feet
Its wave so dark yet ne'ertheless
Pure, through the suburb's peacefulness.

So very great the runnel is
The water which is yellowing 
Like death swells sinking without hope
Aught save the fog of mirroring 
Not even when the dawn lights 
All the houses yellow, black and small!


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2. A slumber vast and black [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the French (Français)

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  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), no title, written 1873, appears in Sagesse, in Sagesse III, no. 5, first published 1880 GER GER HUN RUS GER GER HUN HUN RUS RUS RUS SLO
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): José André, Georges Antoine, Max Arham, Louis Aubert, H. Baston-Couat, Armand Bernaert, François Berthet, Serge Bortkiewicz, Nadia Boulanger, Félix Bousquet, Marguerite Canal, Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, Pierre Chépélov, Suzanne Coquelin, André-Marie Cuvelier, Lucien Darras, Fidès Devriès, Albert Doyen, Blair Fairchild, Dirk Foch, Gérard Frasca, Marius-François Gaillard, Eduardo García Mansilla, Gabriel Grovlez, Arthur Honegger, André Jolivet, Léo Kok, Pavel Ivanovich Kovalev, Philippe Krawczyk, Guillaume Landré, Raoul Laparra, Charles-Hilaire Laurent, N. Lavenant, Arthur Vincent Lourié, Frédéric Michel, Michel-Francou, Klaus Miehling, Eugeniusz de Morawski, Jerzy Nawrocki, Carolus Dietmar Oberstadt, Norman Houston O'Neill, Héctor Panizza, Bernard Panouillot, Antonio Parera, Paule Perrin, Jeanne-Eugénie Philippon, André Pollonnais, Marta Ptaszyńska, René Rabey, Maurice Ravel, Léo Sachs, Lazare Saminsky, Gustave Sandré, Sebastian Benson Schlesinger, Paul-Louis-Camille Schlosser, Martha Helen Schmidt, Hélène-Azuna Semama, dit H. Servoz, Ludwig-Wolfgang Simoni, Igor Stravinsky, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Paul Tortelier, Edgard Varèse, Louis Vierne, Axel Raoul Wachtmeister, Pierre Zeppilli. Go to the text.

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A slumber vast and black
Falls on my life.
O sleep all hope;
O sleep all jealous strife.
O nought more can I see,
All mem'ry's gone 
Of evil and of good
O hist'ry wan!

What am I but an arch 
A hand doth poise
Above a cavern's mouth.
No noise, no noise.


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3. Pastoral 'The sky above the roof' [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the French (Français)

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  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), no title, written 1880, appears in Sagesse, in Sagesse III, no. 6, Paris, Société générale de Librairie Catholique, first published 1881 CHI GER GER GER ITA SPA GER RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georges Antoine, Karl Baraquin, Madeleine Baud, Grégoire Beznosiuk, Philippe Blay, Willem Frederik Bon, Raymond Bonheur, Serge Bortkiewicz, Benjamin Britten, John Alden Carpenter, Suzanne Coquelin, Lucien Darras, Frederick Delius, Marie-Joseph-Alexandre Déodat de Séverac, Albert Doyen, André Dulaurens, Louis Durey, Gabriel Fauré, Gérard Frasca, Alfred-Joseph Goffin, Reynaldo Hahn, Pavel Ivanovich Kovalev, Paul Le Flem, Madeleine Lemariey, Guillemette Marrannes, Guy Marrimpouey, dit Guy Bénadit, Nina de Maschkausan, dit Annie Rozanne, as Annie Rozanne, Erkki Gustaf Melartin, Maria Mérina, Klaus Miehling, Léon Moreau, Frits Noske, Semyon Viktorovich Panchenko, Bernard Panouillot, Jean-Frédéric Perrenoud, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Paul Porthmann, Joseph Ryelandt, Erkki Salmenhaara, Sebastian Benson Schlesinger, Martha Helen Schmidt, Louis Schopfer, Louis Vierne, Julia Weissberg, Sylvia Wisner, Werther Zanolli. Go to the text.

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The sky is up above the roof
so blue, so calm.
A tree just up above the roof
doth rock its palm,

The bell in heaven which I watch
doth sweetly ring.
A bird within the tree I watch
doth sadly sing.

My God, my God, life simple here
and quiet one sees.
This murmur from the city there
comes all in peace.







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4. Let's dance the gig [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the French (Français)

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  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), subtitle: "Soho", appears in Romances sans paroles, in Aquarelles, in 3. Streets, no. 1, first published 1874 GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jean Barraud, Jacques Beers, Maxime Belliard, Paul Bonneau, Charles Bordes, John Alden Carpenter, Albert De Klerk, Bernard Foccroulle, Paul Goldschmidt, Robert Herberigs, B. Janovskij, Paul Ladmirault, Robert Legrand, Charles Martin Tornov Loeffler, René-Jean Matter, Lucien Mawet, René Mottart, Bernard Panouillot, Casimir von Pászthory, Roger Pénau, signe Roger-Pénau, Irena Regina Poldowski, née Wieniawski, André Renault, Jeanine Rueff, Victor Serventi, Augustin Smet, dit Gustave Smet, Marcel Stern, Jean.-P. Strauwen, Richard Sturzenegger, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Marjo Tal, Paul Tortelier. Go to the text.

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Let's dance the jig!

O most I loved her pretty eyes
More clear than starlight of the skies.
I loved her eyes where malice lies.

Let's dance the jig!

She had some ways most well designed
To desolate a lover's mind
Which was of her so very kind.

Let's dance the jig!

But now I prove much better this 
Eke of her blossom mouth the kiss
Since when she's dead to me I wis.

Let's dance the jig!

I do remember vividly 
The hours and all our colloquy
And that's the best thing left to me.

Let's dance the jig!


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