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Language: French (Français)

Je pars ! Adieu, ma chère âme,
Garde bien mon souvenir !
-- Quoi ! [sitôt partir, ma Dame !]1
Ne devez-vous revenir ?

-- Si -- je reviendrai peut-être ;
Si -- bien sûr je reviendrai ...
Va m'attendre à la fenêtre ;
De plus loin te reverrai.

J'attendis à la fenêtre
Le retour tant espéré,
Mais, ni bien sûr, ni peut-être,
Ni jamais la reverrai!

Bien fol qui croit quand [sa Dame]2
Lui jure de revenir.
Je meurs ! -- Adieu, ma chère âme !
J'ai gardé ton souvenir.


Translation(s): ENG GER

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1 Massenet: "si tôt partir, madame"
2 Massenet: "une dame"

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG by Jules Massenet.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , title 1: "Farewell (Lament)", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2016-12-07 12:48:16
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Farewell (Lament)

Language: English after the French (Français)

I'm off! Good-bye, my dear,
remember me well!
- What? Leaving so soon, madam?
Won't you be returning?

- Yes, perhaps I will.
Yes, of course I'll be back.
Wait for me at the window;
I'll see you from a distance.
 
I waited at the window
for her hoped-for return.
But neither "of course" nor "perhaps"
nor ever will I see her again!

When a woman swears she'll return,
only a foolish man believes her.
I'm dying! Good-bye, my dear!
Yes, I've remembered you!


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