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Cimetière de campagne

Language: French (Français)

J'ai revu le cimetière
Du beau pays d'Ambérieux
Qui m'a fait le coeur joyeux
Pour la vie entière,
Et sous la mousse et le thym,
Près des arbres de la cure,
J'ai marqué la place obscure
Où, quelque matin,
Libre enfin de tout fardeau,
J'irai, tranquillement faire,
Entre mon père et ma mère,
Mon dernier dodo.

Pas d'épitaphe superbe,
Pas le moindre tra la la,
Seulement, par-ci, par-là,
Des roses dans l'herbe,
Et de la mousse à foison,
De la luzerne fleurie,
Avec un bout de prairie
A mon horizon!

L'église de ma jeunesse,
L'église au blanc badigeon,
Où jadis, petit clergeon,
J'ai servi la messe,
L'église est encore là, tout près, 
Qui monte sa vieille garde 
Et, sans se troubler, regarde
Les rangs de cyprès.

Entouré de tous mes proches,
Sur le bourg, comme autrefois,
J'entendrai courir la voix
Légère des cloches...
Elles ont vu mes vingt ans!
Et n'en sont pas plus moroses.
Elles me diront des choses
Pour passer le temps.

Translation(s): ENG

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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "Country Cemetery", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53
Line count: 36
Word count: 164

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Country Cemetery

Language: English after the French (Français)

 I went back to the cemetery 
 of lovely Ambérieux,
 which gave me 
 lifelong joy.
 Under the moss and thyme, 
 near the trees by the presbytery, 
 I found the obscure spot 
 whither, some morning,  
 free at last from all my burdens,
 I will go for a last sweet sleep 
 between my father and mother. 
 No proud epitaph 
 or fancy words for me. 
 Just a few roses 
 scattered here and there 
 in the grass, moss,  
 flowering alfalfa,
 and a scrap of field 
 on my horizon! 
 The church of my youth, 
 where I devoutly
  served at Mass, 
 is still there
  on guard, 
 and looking over
  the rows of cypress trees. 
 Surrounded by my loved ones, 
 once again I will hear
 the sweet voices of the bells over the town.
 They knew me when I was twenty!
 They have not grown any sadder.
 They will tell me
 things to pass the time.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Gabriel Vicaire (1849 - 1900)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Reynaldo Hahn. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53
Line count: 34
Word count: 150