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Ma vie a son secret

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

Ma vie a son secret, mon âme a son mystère:
Un amour éternel en un moment conçu:
Le mal est sans remède, aussi j'ai dû le taire,
Et celle qui l'a fait n'en a jamais rien su.

Ainsi j'aurai passé près d'elle inaperçu,
Toujours à ses côtés et toujours solitaire,
Et j'aurai jusqu'au bout, fait mon temps sur la terre,
N'osant rien demander et n'ayant rien reçu.

Pour elle, que le ciel a faite douce et tendre,
Elle suit son chemin, distraite et sans entendre
La murmure d'amour élevé sur ses pas.

À l'austère devoir pieusement fidèle,
Elle dira, lisant ces vers tout remplis d'elle;
"Quelle est donc cette femme?" et ne comprendra pas.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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It is based on

  • a text in French (Français) by Félix Arvers (1806 - 1850), "Sonnet imité de l'italien", written 1833, appears in Mes heures perdues, Poésies, Paris, Éd. Fournier jeune, first published 1833
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Martial Caillebotte, Luciano Gallet, Édouard Garnier, André Gédalge, Jean Eugène Gaston Lemaire, Madeleine Lemariey, Casimir Renard, Eric Tanguy, Léon Van Straten, Charles Marie Jean Albert Widor. 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)

Text added to the website: 2003-10-18 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-11-27 11:12:25

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