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La cloche fêlée

Language: French (Français)

Il est amer et doux, pendant les nuits d'hiver, 
D'écouter, près du feu qui palpite et qui fume, 
Les souvenirs lointains lentement s'élever 
Au bruit des carillons qui chantent dans la brume.

Bienheureuse la cloche au gosier vigoureux 
Qui, malgré sa vieillesse, alerte et bien portante, 
Jette fidèlement son cri religieux, 
Ainsi qu'un vieux soldat qui veille sous la tente!

Moi, mon âme est fêlée, et lorsqu'en ses ennuis 
Elle veut de ses chants peupler l'air froid des nuits, 
Il arrive souvent que sa voix affaiblie

Semble le râle épais d'un blessé qu'on oublie 
Au bord d'un lac de sang, sous un grand tas de morts, 
Et qui meurt, sans bouger, dans d'immenses efforts.

Translation(s): ENG GER

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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 (Corinne Orde) , "The cracked bell", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Terese Robinson, née Therese Langenbach) , "Die zersprungene Glocke", first published 1925

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:20

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Word count: 114

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Die zersprungene Glocke

Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Wie bittersüss ist mitternächtiges Lauschen
Im Winter, nah der Glut, die steigt und sinkt,
Wenn ferne Zeiten leise Reden tauschen,
Und Glockenläuten durch den Nebel dringt.

Beglückt die Glocke, die mit starker Kehle
Durch viele Jahre freudig und mit Macht
Gebete singt, so wie aus frommer Seele
Ein tapfrer Krieger, der das Zelt bewacht.

Ach, meine Seele sprang, – und will ich singen,
In kalter Nacht die Einsamkeit zu zwingen,
Dann hör ich meine eigne Stimme tönen

Wie eines wunden Kriegers dumpfes Stöhnen,
Den man vergass in seiner letzten Not,
Der zwischen Leichen stirbt den bittren Tod.

Submitted by Bertram Kottmann


Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867), "La cloche fêlée", appears in Les Fleurs du Mal, in 1. Spleen et Idéal, no. 74 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Raoul Bardac, Emmanuel Bondeville, Armand Bournonville, Francisco Ernani Costa Braga, Pierre de Bréville, André Caplet, Alfredo Casella, Gustave Charpentier, Claude Duboscq, Philippe Gaubert, Charles Martin Tornov Loeffler, Ladislas Rohozinski, Louis Vierne. Go to the text.

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

    [ None yet in the database ]

Text added to the website: 2018-01-25 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-01-25 21:04:42

Line count: 14
Word count: 97