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Est‑il un coin plus solitaire

Language: French (Français)

Est-il un coin plus solitaire
à cheval j’irai le chercher
trop d’hommes sont au monastère
trop de femmes vont au marché
de livres à mon belvédère
trop d’habits pendus aux crochets
trop de papiers sur l’étagère
trop de viande au garde-manger
O! Narcisse o folie
O ma tête à deux mains
O Perse! O le pays de la rose jolie
si tu n’étais là-bas
j’irais te voir demain.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Is there a corner more solitary", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-01-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-01-04 09:58:51

Line count: 13
Word count: 68

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Is there a corner more solitary

Language: English after the French (Français)

Is there a corner more solitary
on horseback I’ll go searching for it
too many men are at the monastery
too many women go to
the book market at my belvedere
too many clothes hanging on the hooks
too much paper on the shelf
too much meat in the larder
Oh Narcissus, oh madness
Oh my head in my hands
Oh Persia! Oh the land of the pretty rose
if you weren't down there
I’d go see you tomorrow.

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Translator's note: a "belvedere" is a raised structure offering a peasant view of the surrounding area


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Max Jacob (1876 - 1944), appears in Ballades, first published 1938
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Francis Poulenc. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-01-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-01-04 10:00:09

Line count: 13
Word count: 79