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Et s'il revenait un jour

Language: French (Français)

Et s'il revenait un jour,
Que faut-il lui dire?
- Dites-lui qu'on l'attendit
Jusqu'à s'en mourir...

Et s'il m'interroge encore
Sans me reconnaître?
- Parlez-lui comme une sœur. 
Il souffre peut-être...

Et s'il demande où vous êtes
Que faut-il répondre?
- Donnez-lui mon anneau d'or,
Sans rien lui répondre...

Et s'il veut savoir pourquoi
La salle est déserte?
- Montrez-lui la lampe éteinte
Et la porte ouverte...

Et s'il m'interroge alors
Sur la dernière heure?
- Dites-lui que j'ai souri
De peur qu'il ne pleure...


Translation(s): ENG GER ITA

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A. Dami sets stanzas 1, 3-5

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First published in the revue La Société Nouvelle, IX (9), March 1893, Bruxelles; then in Douze chansons, Paris, Stock, 1896; and later in Quinze chansons, Bruxelles, Lacomblez, 1900.


Submitted by Ted Perry

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E se un giorno tornasse

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the French (Français)

E se un giorno tornasse 
che dovrei dirgli?
Digli che lo si attese 
fino a morirne.

E se ancora interrogasse 
senza riconoscermi?
Parla a lui come farebbe una sorella; 
forse egli soffre.

E se chiede dove siete, 
che debbo dirgli?
Dagli il mio anello 
d'oro, senza parole.

E se vorrà sapere perché 
la sala è vota?
Mostragli che la lampada 
è spenta e l'uscio aperto.

Ma se poi mi richiede 
dell'ultima ora?
Digli che in quell'ora ho sorriso 
per non far ch'egli pianga.


Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949), no title, written 1893, appears in Quinze Chansons, no. 2 GER ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jean Absil, George Beach, Joseph Béesau, Alfonso Dami, René Defossez, Marie-Joseph-Alexandre Déodat de Séverac, Gabriel-André Fabre, Erkki Gustaf Melartin, Catharina Van Rennes. Go to the text.

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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