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L'Orpheline du Tyrol

Language: French (Français)

Seule, une pauvre enfant sans parents
implore le passant en tremblant.
"Ah voyez mes douleurs et mes pleurs!
Ma mère dort ailleurs sous les fleurs."

L'humble enfant orpheline a bien faim
et pour un peu de pain tend le main.
"Je chanterai mon vieux refrain:
Ah! loin de mon doux Tyrol,
mon coeur brisé prendra son vol.
L'écho muet des bois
n'entendra plus ma triste voix:
Ah! Dieu, j'espère en toi,
prends pitié, prend pitié de moi!

Ma mère, ton adieu en ce lieu
m'inspire mon seul voeu au bon Dieu.
À quinze ans tant souffrir c'est mourir,
ne peux-tu revenir me bénir? 

Pourquoi le froid trépas et le glas 
t'ont-ils saisie, hélas, dans mes bras?
Ton coeur glacé ne m'entend pas:
ah! la douleur et la faim 
à mes tourments vont mettre fin;
ma mère, je te vois, 
j'entends de loin ta douce voix:
Ah! Dieu, j'espère en toi, 
prends pitié, prends pitié de moi!

Translation(s): ENG

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "The Orphan of the Tyrol", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:44
Line count: 26
Word count: 156

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The Orphan of the Tyrol

Language: English after the French (Français)

 Alone and trembling, a poor child with no parents
 implores passers-by, 
 "Oh, see my pain and my tears! 
 My mother sleeps far from here 'neath the flowers."
 The humble, starving orphan child
 holds out her hand for a crust.
 "I will sing my old song. 
 Oh, far from my sweet Tyrol,
 my broken heart will fly away. 
 The mute echo of the woods 
 will ne'er hear again my sad voice.
 God, I trust in you, 
 have pity, have pity on me. 
 "Mother, your good-bye here 
 inspires my only wish to God. 
 At 15, such suffering is death. 
 Can't you come back to bless me? 
 Why have cold death and its knell
 snatched you from my arms? 
 Your icy heart doesn't hear me. 
 Pain and hunger 
 will put an end to my torments. 
 Mother, I can see you, 
 I can hear your sweet voice in the distance. 
 God, I trust in you, 
 have pity, have pity on me."

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Émilien Pacini (1810 - 1898)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gioacchino Antonio Rossini. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:44
Line count: 26
Word count: 158